A mounted courier: an estafette was forwarded to the Lord Lieutenant, to inform him of the news
More example sentences
- Even the estafettes who rushed Imperial correspondence from the seat of war back to Paris were given orders as to what they might and might not report along the way.
- The estafettes which ran between Naples and Marseilles during the reign of Joachim Murat performed the distance in five days.
- A mounted estafette stopped them on the railway line, telling them to return to Puits-Perdu.
early 17th century: French, from Italian staffetta, diminutive of staffa 'stirrup'.