from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A writer of poems.
- n. One who is especially gifted in the perception and expression of the beautiful or lyrical: "[the naturalist John Burroughs] was the bard of the bird feeder, the poet of the small and homey” ( Bill McKibben).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who writes poems.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One skilled in making poetry; one who has a particular genius for metrical composition; the author of a poem; an imaginative thinker or writer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who composes or indites a poem: an author of metrical compositions.
- n. One skilled in the art of making poetry, or of metrical composition; one distinguished by the possession of poetic faculties or susceptibilities; one endowed with the gift and power of imaginative invention and creation attended by corresponding eloquence of expression, commonly but not necessarily in a metrical form.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a writer of poems (the term is usually reserved for writers of good poetry)
Middle English, from Old French poete, from Latin poēta, from Greek poiētēs, maker, composer, from poiein, to create; see kwei-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French poete, from Latin poēta ("poet, author"), from Ancient Greek ποιητής (poiētēs, "creator, maker, author, poet"), from ποιέω (poieō, "I make, compose"), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷoywo- (“making”), from base *kʷwey- (“to make”). (Wiktionary)