cin·​quain | \ ˈsiŋ-ˌkān How to pronounce cinquain (audio) , ˈsaŋ- How to pronounce cinquain (audio) \

Definition of cinquain

: a 5-line stanza

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Recent Examples on the Web Never pounded out so much as one measly cinquain for the purists. Evan Waite River Clegg, The New Yorker, "This Poem’s Gonna Be a Hit!," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of cinquain

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cinquain

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

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The first known use of cinquain was in 1882

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“Cinquain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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