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estafette

Line breaks: es¦taf|ette
Pronunciation: /ɛstəˈfɛt
 
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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
  • 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.

Origin

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

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