Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A poem of ten stanzas, each of ten lines.

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Examples

  • _And -- "sixth and lastly" -- should confession be made that in the present rendering a purely arbitrary title has been assigned this little book; and chiefly for commercial reasons, since the word "dizain" has been adjudged both untranslatable and, in its pristine form, repellantly outre.

    Chivalry

  • And -- "sixth and lastly" -- should confession be made that in the present rendering a purely arbitrary title has been assigned this little book; chiefly for commercial reasons, since the word "dizain" has been adjudged both untranslatable and, in its pristine form, repellantly

    Chivalry

  • To this insinuation Balzac gave no credence; he naturally found it easy to believe in one more enthusiastic foreign admirer, and he was seriously troubled by the fact that the first dizain of the "Contes Drolatiques," which certainly would not satisfy his correspondent's views on the lofty mission of womanhood, was likely to appear shortly.

    Honore de Balzac, His Life and Writings

  • A fire broke out at the printing office in the Rue du Pot-de-Fer, and burnt the first hundred and sixty pages of the third dizain of the "Contes Drolatiques," as well as five hundred volumes of the first and second dizain, which had cost him four francs each.

    Honore de Balzac, His Life and Writings

  • However, whether she did not read the first dizain of the "Contes," which appeared in

    Honore de Balzac, His Life and Writings

  • Mondes_ a scathing, anonymous criticism of the first dizain of the

    Honore de Balzac, His Life and Writings

  • He thus lost 3,500 francs, and to add to the calamity, did not receive the sum of 6,000 francs which in the ordinary course of events would have been due to him at the end of the year, when but for this disaster he would have handed over the third dizain to Werdet and an associate.

    Honore de Balzac, His Life and Writings

  • Montbrison afforded me the main matter of the sixth and seventh stories; and that, moreover, I once journeyed to Caer Idion and talked for some two hours with Richard Holland (whom I found a very old and garrulous and cheery person), and got of him the matter of the eighth tale in this dizain, together with much information as concerns the sixth and the seventh.

    Chivalry

  • Now when this terrible dizain was completed the lord of the seven madnesses laid fire to a wisp of straw, and he cast it to the winds, saying that thus should the anger of Miramon Lluagor pass over the land.

    Figures of Earth

  • "That half-brother of mine, who is lord of the tenth kind of sleeping, would nicely round off this dizain," says Miramon, scratching his chin,

    Figures of Earth

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  • In Mass. we will drop the last “R”

    Though some find the custom bizarre,

    But see bilby’s rhyme

    Those same would call crime!

    The Aussies are bolder by far!

    October 17, 2017

  • Don't conclude anything too sinister

    As burns go that's barely a blister

    Though your dizain be be malnourished

    Please don't be discouraged:

    You're still my favourite limerickista

    October 17, 2017

  • My couple has started this train

    Then bilby and I swapped disdain.

    A moiety’s done

    When I finish this one.

    Can we call it a demi-dizain?

    October 16, 2017

  • The OED is not holy writ

    CDC on the other hand is lit!

    There are no literary nooses

    More fatal than excuses

    So get writing you lazy piece of wit

    October 16, 2017

  • My fragile contentment was fleeting,

    Now marred by Tasmanian bleating.

    How comes he so hostile

    To OED gospel?

    In Oz does good sense stand for cheating?

    October 15, 2017

  • There you go!

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • bilby has shrewdly discerned my reason for preferring the OED definition. In an emergency I invite the reader to repeat my contribution nine more times.

    October 15, 2017

  • Scroll up to the CDC definition and weep. Only 9 stanzas to go, bucko.

    October 15, 2017

  • A dutiful rhymer must strive

    To keep dying verse forms alive.

    The limerick style

    Succeeds in its trial

    So long as its lines number five.

    With negligible metrical strain

    Are limericks linked in a chain;

    The reader’s not troubled

    By limericks doubled

    To make a neglected dizain.

    October 15, 2017

  • As defined by the OED: A poem or stanza of ten lines.

    October 15, 2017