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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But it is a truth that you can no more put into a play than into a triolet.

    George Bernard Shaw Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • Deuce take it, Easy is the triolet,If you really learn to make it!

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

  • The farce opens with a lamentable triolet, in which the two thieves bewail their unhappy state.

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

    Rhymes and Meters Horatio Winslow
  • A triolet to a ton of coal would be a glorious thing now, wouldn't it?

    The Idiot at Home John Kendrick Bangs
  • 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
  • Originally, the triolet was often used for serious sentiment.

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
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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