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cinquain

[ sing-keyn, sing-keyn ]

noun

  1. a group of five.
  2. Prosody.
    1. a short poem consisting of five, usually unrhymed lines containing, respectively, two, four, six, eight, and two syllables.
    2. any stanza of five lines.


cinquain

/ ˈsɪŋkeɪn; sɪŋˈkeɪn /

noun

  1. a stanza of five lines


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Word History and Origins

Origin of cinquain1

1705–15; < French < Late Latin cinque ( cinque ) + French -ain collective suffix. See quatrain
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Word History and Origins

Origin of cinquain1

C18 (in the sense: a military company of five): from French cinq five, from Latin quinque; compare quatrain

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