Definition of envoi in English:


Line breaks: envoi
Pronunciation: /ˈɛnvɔɪ
(also envoy)


1A short stanza concluding a ballade.
More example sentences
  • Transforming the press account, Kelly's own narrative further compresses Kastriot's story of miraculous survival into three stanzas and a shorter envoi which are intended to evoke the traditional folk ballad.
  • A sestina is a highly structured poetic composition that is comprised of six six-line stanzas and a three-line concluding stanza known as an envoy.
  • The pun on ‘bay’ is telling, and the sestina moves toward its envoi.
2 literary An author’s concluding words.
More example sentences
  • Finally Quietus for string trio makes a satisfying envoi.
  • The finale, chock-full of thrown rhythms, is a bit cavalier too, but serves as a cheerful envoi to the whole series of seven.
  • I spent the last hour or so trying to craft a poignant envoi for this poet of posts, but pressed for time and under the influence of a glass (a large one too) of red wine, my last resort is in the words of another.


late Middle English: from Old French envoi, from envoyer 'send' (see envoy).

Definition of envoi in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day noisome
Pronunciation: ˈnoisəm
having an extremely offensive smell