a composer of sonnets.

verb (used without object)

to compose sonnets; sonnetize.

Origin of sonneteer

1580–90; sonnet + -eer; replacing earlier sonnetier < Italian sonnettiere Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sonneteer

Historical Examples of sonneteer

  • You are as delightful a lyrist as you are a sonneteer, and I could not give you higher praise.

  • Our sonneteer may be said to have borrowed the exclamation from Luther.

  • I carried up six or eight pails of water from the spring and followed the sonneteer's example.

    Hints to Pilgrims

    Charles Stephen Brooks

  • The gift bred an alarm in her bosom beyond any induced by the rhyming passion of the sonneteer.

    The Sunset Trail

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • Here they will find him as a sonneteer proclaiming liberty with scarcely less zeal and power than Milton.

    Victorian Literature

    Clement K. Shorter

British Dictionary definitions for sonneteer



a writer of sonnets
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