Italian sonnet

noun

: a sonnet consisting of an octave rhyming abba abba and a sestet rhyming in any of various patterns (such as cde cde or cdc dcd)

called also Petrarchan sonnet

Word History

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Italian sonnet was in 1613

Dictionary Entries Near Italian sonnet

Cite this Entry

“Italian sonnet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Italian%20sonnet. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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