quatrain

[ kwo-treyn ]
/ ˈkwɒ treɪn /

noun

a stanza or poem of four lines, usually with alternate rhymes.

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Origin of quatrain

1575–85; <French, equivalent to quatrefour (<Latin quattuor) + -ain<Latin -ānus-an
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British Dictionary definitions for quatrain

quatrain
/ (ˈkwɒtreɪn) /

noun

a stanza or poem of four lines, esp one having alternate rhymes

Word Origin for quatrain

C16: from French, from quatre four, from Latin quattuor
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