cinquain

[ sing-keyn, sing-keyn ]
/ sɪŋˈkeɪn, ˈsɪŋ keɪn /

noun

a group of five.
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.

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How well do you know your adjectives from your adverbs? Your preposition from your pronouns? Your interjections from your conjunctions? Let’s put your knowledge of parts of speech to the text! Note: Many of the following questions will ask you to identify the parts of speech “in order.” That means the first word in all capital letters will correspond to the first option in an answer, and so on.
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In order, what parts of speech are the words in all capital letters? Alisa was VERY tired, SO she decided to go to bed.

Origin of cinquain

1705–15; < French < Late Latin cinque (see cinque) + French -ain collective suffix. See quatrain
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British Dictionary definitions for cinquain

cinquain
/ (sɪŋˈkeɪn, ˈsɪŋkeɪn) /

noun

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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