noun hai·ku \ˈhī-(ˌ)kü\

: a Japanese form of poetry or a poem written in this form

plural haiku

Full Definition of HAIKU

:  an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually five, seven, and five syllables respectively; also :  a poem in this form usually having a seasonal reference — compare tanka

Examples of HAIKU

  1. He has written many beautiful haiku.

Origin of HAIKU

First Known Use: 1902

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody


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