quatrain

[ kwo-treyn ]
/ ˈkwɒ treɪn /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. quaternate,
  2. quaternion,
  3. quaternity,
  4. quathlamba,
  5. quatorze,
  6. quatre,
  7. quatre bras,
  8. quatrefoil,
  9. quattrocento,
  10. quattuordecillion

Origin of quatrain

1575–85; < French, equivalent to quatre four (< 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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Word Origin and History for quatrain

quatrain

n.

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

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