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[tree-uh-ley, trahy-uh-lit] /ˌtri əˈleɪ, ˈtraɪ ə lɪt/
a short poem of fixed form, having a rhyme scheme of ab, aa, abab, and having the first line repeated as the fourth and seventh lines, and the second line repeated as the eighth.
Origin of triolet
1645-55; < French: literally, little trio Unabridged
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  • Deuce take it, Easy is the triolet,If you really learn to make it!

  • The triolet is a sort of abbreviation of the second variety of rondeau.

  • Originally, the triolet was often used for serious sentiment.

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
  • But it is a truth that you can no more put into a play than into a triolet.

    George Bernard Shaw Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • The farce opens with a lamentable triolet, in which the two thieves bewail their unhappy state.

  • A triolet to a ton of coal would be a glorious thing now, wouldn't it?

    The Idiot at Home John Kendrick Bangs
  • The triolet seems simple enough, and, for that matter, a certain kind of triolet can be written by the ream.

    Rhymes and Meters Horatio Winslow
  • Though intended for the delicately humorous the triolet is sober-going enough to carry a thread of sentiment.

    Rhymes and Meters Horatio Winslow
  • When varied the triolet may give exactly the right ring for some idea which refuses to fit itself into the conventional molds.

    Rhymes and Meters Horatio Winslow
British Dictionary definitions for triolet


a verse form of eight lines, having the first line repeated as the fourth and seventh and the second line as the eighth, rhyming a b a a a b a b
Word Origin
C17: from French: a little trio
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