English sonnet

noun

Definition of English sonnet

: a sonnet consisting of three quatrains and a couplet with a rhyme scheme of abab cdcd efef gg

called also Shakespearean sonnet

First Known Use of English sonnet

1890, in the meaning defined above

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“English sonnet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/English%20sonnet. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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