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estafette Line breaks: es¦taf|ette
Pronunciation: /ɛstəˈfɛt/

Definition of estafette in English:

noun

historical
A mounted courier: an estafette was forwarded to the Lord Lieutenant, to inform him of the news
More example sentences
  • While en route, Charles Todd commissioned him to act as estafette between the construction parties of the Overland Telegraph Line.
  • What, rob an estafette! I never heard of such folly.
  • A mounted estafette stopped them on the railway line, telling them to return to Puits-Perdu.

Origin

Early 17th century: French, from Italian staffetta, diminutive of staffa 'stirrup'.

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