tercet


ter·cet

noun \ˈtər-sət\

Definition of TERCET

:  a unit or group of three lines of verse:
a :  one of the 3-line stanzas in terza rima
b :  one of the two groups of three lines forming the sestet in an Italian sonnet

Origin of TERCET

Italian terzetto, from diminutive of terzo third, from Latin tertius — more at third
First Known Use: circa 1598

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