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noun Prosody.
  1. a stanza of six lines.
  2. sestina.
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Origin of sextain

1630–40; blend of two obsolete French words: sixain six-line stanza and sestine sestina
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Historical Examples

  • Some other sub-varieties of the sextain have rhyming final words in each stanza.

    A History of English Versification

    Jakob Schipper

  • Besides this original form of the sextain several other varieties are met with in English poetry.

British Dictionary definitions for sextain


  1. another word for sestina
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Word Origin

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