Shakespearean sonnet


noun

a sonnet form used by Shakespeare and having the rhyme scheme abab, cdcd, efef, gg.

Origin of Shakespearean sonnet

First recorded in 1900–05
Also called English sonnet, Elizabethan sonnet.
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British Dictionary definitions for shakespearean sonnet

Shakespearean sonnet

noun

a sonnet form developed in 16th-century England and employed by Shakespeare, having the rhyme scheme a b a b c d c d e f e f g gAlso called: Elizabethan sonnet, English sonnet
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