from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A form of verse having stanzas with seven lines in iambic pentameter rhyming ababbcc.
  • n. One of these stanzas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a stanza of seven decasyllabic verses, of which the first and third, the second, fourth, and fifth, and the sixth and seventh rhyme.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stanza form having seven lines of iambic pentameter; introduced by Chaucer


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  • A stanza scheme consisting seven 5-stress lines (iambic pentameter) rhyming ababbcc. Also called the Chaucerian stanza.

    September 18, 2009