from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A five-line stanza.
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- n. A five line poetic form which consists of 2, 4, 6, 8 then 2 syllables.
- n. A five line poetic form which consists of 1 noun, 2 adjectives, 3 actions, 4 feeling words, then 1 noun that is the same as top noun
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In old military evolutions, an order of battle governing the drawing up of five battalions so as to constitute three lines—that is, a van, main body, and reserve.
- n. A stanza of five lines.
French cinq, five (from Old French cinc; see cinque) + (quatr)ain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)