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dizain

[ dih-zeyn; French dee-zan ]

noun

, Prosody.
  1. a French poem or stanza of ten lines, employing eight or ten syllables to the line and having a specific rhyming pattern, as ababbccdcd.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of dizain1

First recorded in 1565–75; from French; Old French dezen, dizain “tenth, tenth part,” equivalent to dix “ten” (from Latin decem ) + -ain, probably from Latin adjective suffix (plural) -ānī, replacing Latin distributive suffix -ēnī (plural); -an

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Example Sentences

So he made of it the thesis for a dizain of beautiful happenings that are almost flawless in their verbal beauty.

In this place we have to do with the opening tale of the Dizain of Queens.

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