Definition of estafette in English:



  • A mounted courier.

    ‘an estafette was forwarded to the Lord Lieutenant, to inform him of the news’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    messenger, special messenger, dispatch rider, letter carrier, mail carrier, runner, bearer, message bearer, message carrier, delivery man, delivery woman, conveyor, envoy, emissary, harbinger, herald
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Early 17th century: French, from Italian staffetta, diminutive of staffa ‘stirrup’.