[ sek-steyn ]
/ ˈsɛk steɪn /

noun Prosody.

a stanza of six lines.


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Origin of sextain

1630–40; blend of two obsolete French words: sixain six-line stanza and sestine sestina Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sextain

/ (ˈsɛksteɪn) /


another word for sestina

Word Origin for sextain

C17: from obsolete French sestine sestina, but also influenced by obsolete sixain stanza of six lines
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