Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

quatrain

[kwo-treyn]
See more synonyms for quatrain on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. a stanza or poem of four lines, usually with alternate rhymes.
Show More

Origin of quatrain

1575–85; < French, equivalent to quatre four (< Latin quattuor) + -ain < Latin -ānus -an
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for quatrain

rhyme, poetry, writing, verse, lyric, epic, composition, ballad, sonnet, song, beat, creation, poesy, rime, words, ode, limerick, lines, rune, haiku

Examples from the Web for quatrain

Contemporary Examples of quatrain

Historical Examples of quatrain


British Dictionary definitions for quatrain

quatrain

noun
  1. a stanza or poem of four lines, esp one having alternate rhymes
Show More

Word Origin for quatrain

C16: from French, from quatre four, from Latin quattuor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for quatrain

n.

1580s, from Middle French quatrain "four-line stanza" (16c.), from Old French quatre "four," from Latin quattuor "four" (see four).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper