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

  • To celebrate in sonnets.
  • To cover or fill with sonnets.
  • To compose sonnets.
  • 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.

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)



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