English sonnet


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

called also Shakespearean sonnet

Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of English sonnet was in 1890

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“English sonnet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/English%20sonnet. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

English sonnet

: a sonnet in which the rhyme pattern is in three groups of four lines each and one group of two lines

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