[ sing-keyn, sing-keyn ]
/ sɪŋˈkeɪn, ˈsɪŋ keɪn /
a group of five.
- a short poem consisting of five, usually unrhymed lines containing, respectively, two, four, six, eight, and two syllables.
- any stanza of five lines.
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British Dictionary definitions for cinquain
/ (sɪŋˈkeɪn, ˈsɪŋkeɪn) /
a stanza of five lines
Word Origin for cinquain
C18 (in the sense: a military company of five): from French cinq five, from Latin quinque; compare quatrain
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