from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A 14-line verse form usually having one of several conventional rhyme schemes.
- n. A poem in this form.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fixed verse form of Italian origin consisting of fourteen lines that are typically five-foot iambics and rhyme according to one of a few prescribed schemes.
- v. To compose sonnets.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A short poem, -- usually amatory.
- n. A poem of fourteen lines, -- two stanzas, called the octave, being of four verses each, and two stanzas, called the sestet, of three verses each, the rhymes being adjusted by a particular rule.
- intransitive v. To compose sonnets.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A song; a ballad; a short poem.
- n. Specifically A short poem in fixed form, limited to fourteen lines with a prescribed disposition of rimes.
- To celebrate in sonnets.
- To cover or fill with sonnets.
- To compose sonnets.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. compose a sonnet
- n. a verse form consisting of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme
- v. praise in a sonnet
French or Italian sonetto (French, from Italian), from Old Provençal sonet, diminutive of son, song, from Latin sonus, a sound; see swen- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian sonetto (Wiktionary)