English Dictionary

Pioneers in dictionary publishing since 1819

envoi (ˈenvɔɪ) 


envoy2 or envoi (ˈɛnvɔɪ Pronunciation for )



  1. a brief dedicatory or explanatory stanza concluding certain forms of poetry, notably ballades
  2. a postscript in other forms of verse or prose

Word Origin

C14: from Old French envoye, from envoyer to send; see envoy1

Example Sentences Including 'envoi'

Seeking something to say as envoi to Traveller, I essayed, `An intriguing photographic display.
Baxter, Stephen Anti-Ice
Therefore, it could be put, as a sort of indulgent envoi to these authors, that they erred not in falsifying but in distorting reality.
Ramirez-Faria, Carlos The Origins of Economic Inequality between Nations: A critique of Western theories on development and underdevelopment
What struck me most, however, about the former Chancellor's words was the air of envoi he brought to them.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)


Log in to comment on this word.