- a short poem consisting of five, usually unrhymed lines containing, respectively, two, four, six, eight, and two syllables.
- any stanza of five lines.
British Dictionary definitions for cinquain
Word Origin for cinquain
Word Origin and History for cinquain
"collection of five," 1711, from French cinquain "bundle of five objects," from cinq "five" (see five). Originally in English of military orders of battle; of five-lined stanzas of verse from 1882 (give a more specific form in English than usual in French).