- 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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- 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