poet

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noun

a person who composes poetry.
a person who has the gift of poetic thought, imagination, and creation, together with eloquence of expression.

Nearby words

  1. poems syndrome,
  2. poenology,
  3. poep,
  4. poepol,
  5. poesy,
  6. poet laureate,
  7. poet.,
  8. poetaster,
  9. poetess,
  10. poetic

Origin of poet

1250–1300; Middle English poete < Latin poēta < Greek poiētḗs poet, literally, maker, equivalent to poiē-, variant stem of poieîn to make + -tēs agent noun suffix

Related formspo·et·less, adjectivepo·et·like, adjectivenon·po·et, noun

poet.

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British Dictionary definitions for poet

poet

sometimes when feminine poetess

noun

a person who writes poetry
a person with great imagination and creativity

Word Origin for poet

C13: from Latin poēta, from Greek poiētēs maker, poet, from poiein to make

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Word Origin and History for poet

poet

n.

early 14c., "a poet, a singer" (c.1200 as a surname), from Old French poete (12c., Modern French poète) and directly from Latin poeta "a poet," from Greek poetes "maker, author, poet," variant of poietes, from poein, poiein "to make, create, compose," from PIE *kwoiwo- "making," from root *kwei- "to pile up, build, make" (cf. Sanskrit cinoti "heaping up, piling up," Old Church Slavonic činu "act, deed, order").

Replaced Old English scop (which survives in scoff). Used in 14c., as in classical languages, for all sorts of writers or composers of works of literature. Poète maudit, "a poet insufficiently appreciated by his contemporaries," literally "cursed poet," attested by 1930, from French (1884, Verlaine). For poet laureate see laureate.

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