noun, plural ses·ti·nas, ses·ti·ne [se-stee-ney] /sɛˈsti neɪ/. Prosody.
Examples from the Web for sestina
Naught else have I afforded you, madame, save very anciently a Sestina.Chivalry|James Branch Cabell
From Italy have come, besides the ottava rima and the sonnet, two other metrical forms, the sestina and the terza rima.
That it was used and admired by Dante and Petrarch, alone gives the sestina a royal precedence over all of the other forms.
The common form of the sestina has six stanzas of six lines each, with a tercet at the end.English Verse|Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
The sestina is composed of six 6-line stanzas and a final 3-line stanza.
British Dictionary definitions for sestina
Word Origin for sestina
Word Origin and History for sestina
1797, from Italian, "poem of six-lined stanzas," from sesto "sixth," from Latin sextus (see six). Invented by 12c. Provençal troubadour Arnaut Daniel. The line endings of the first stanza are repeated in different order in the rest, and in an envoi.