[ tur-sit, tur-set ]
/ ˈtɜr sɪt, tɜrˈsɛt /


Prosody. a group of three lines rhyming together or connected by rhyme with the adjacent group or groups of three lines.

Origin of tercet

1590–1600; < French < Italian terzetto, diminutive of terzo third < Latin tertius. See -et
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Examples from the Web for tercet

  • When there are two verses the stanza is called a couplet; a three line stanza is called a tercet; a four line stanza, a quatrain.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10|Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • The common form of the sestina has six stanzas of six lines each, with a tercet at the end.

    English Verse|Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.

British Dictionary definitions for tercet

/ (ˈtɜːsɪt, tɜːˈsɛt) /


a group of three lines of verse that rhyme together or are connected by rhyme with adjacent groups of three lines

Word Origin for tercet

C16: from French, from Italian terzetto, diminutive of terzo third, from Latin tertius
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