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[poh-it] /ˈpoʊ ɪt/
a person who composes poetry.
a person who has the gift of poetic thought, imagination, and creation, together with eloquence of expression.
Origin of poet
1250-1300; Middle English poete < Latin poēta < Greek poiētḗs poet, literally, maker, equivalent to poiē-, variant stem of poieîn to make + -tēs agent noun suffix
Related forms
poetless, adjective
poetlike, adjective
nonpoet, noun
1. versifier, bard.


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Examples from the Web for poet
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  • A subject was offered him, in which no other poet would have found a theme for the Muse.

    Biographical Sketches Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • I doubt if even the poet ever works just what he means on the mind of his fellow.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • A parting word may, however, be devoted to the poet himself.

  • But ambition is foreign to the Shakespeare-Hamlet nature, so the poet does not employ it.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Now, what is the reason of this right-about-face on the part of the poet?

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
British Dictionary definitions for poet


a person who writes poetry
a person with great imagination and creativity
Word Origin
C13: from Latin poēta, from Greek poiētēs maker, poet, from poiein to make
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for poet

early 14c., "a poet, a singer" (c.1200 as a surname), from Old French poete (12c., Modern French poète) and directly from Latin poeta "a poet," from Greek poetes "maker, author, poet," variant of poietes, from poein, poiein "to make, create, compose," from PIE *kwoiwo- "making," from root *kwei- "to pile up, build, make" (cf. Sanskrit cinoti "heaping up, piling up," Old Church Slavonic činu "act, deed, order").

Replaced Old English scop (which survives in scoff). Used in 14c., as in classical languages, for all sorts of writers or composers of works of literature. Poète maudit, "a poet insufficiently appreciated by his contemporaries," literally "cursed poet," attested by 1930, from French (1884, Verlaine). For poet laureate see laureate.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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