cin·​quain ˈsiŋ-ˌkān How to pronounce cinquain (audio) ˈsaŋ- How to pronounce cinquain (audio)
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Examples of cinquain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Never pounded out so much as one measly cinquain for the purists. Evan Waite river Clegg, The New Yorker, 10 Dec. 2019

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Word History


French, from cinq five, from Old French, from Latin quinque — more at five

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cinquain was in 1882

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“Cinquain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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