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[tur-sit, tur-set] /ˈtɜr sɪt, tɜrˈsɛt/
Prosody. a group of three lines rhyming together or connected by rhyme with the adjacent group or groups of three lines.
Music. triplet (def 5).
Origin of tercet
1590-1600; < French < Italian terzetto, diminutive of terzo third < Latin tertius. See -et Unabridged
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  • When there are two verses the stanza is called a couplet; a three line stanza is called a tercet; a four line stanza, a quatrain.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10

    Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • The common form of the sestina has six stanzas of six lines each, with a tercet at the end.

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
British Dictionary definitions for tercet


/ˈtɜːsɪt; tɜːˈsɛt/
a group of three lines of verse that rhyme together or are connected by rhyme with adjacent groups of three lines
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Italian terzetto, diminutive of terzo third, from Latin tertius
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Word Origin and History for tercet

"three successive lines rhyming together," 1590s, from Italian terzetto, diminutive of terzo "third," from Latin tertius (see third). Spelling influenced by French tercet, from the Italian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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