haiku

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noun hai·ku \ˈhī-(ˌ)kü\

Definition of haiku

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haiku

  1. :  an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually five, seven, and five syllables respectively; also :  a poem in this form usually having a seasonal reference — compare tanka

Examples of haiku in a Sentence

  1. He has written many beautiful haiku.

Did You Know?

A haiku is an unrhymed Japanese poetic form that consists of 17 syllables arranged in three lines containing five, seven, and five syllables, respectively. A haiku expresses much and suggests more in the fewest possible words. The form gained distinction in the 17th century, when Basho, a Japanese poet considered the greatest practitioner of the form, elevated it to a highly refined art. It remains Japan’s most popular poetic form. The Imagist poets (1912–30) and others have imitated the form in English and other languages.

Origin and Etymology of haiku

Japanese


First Known Use: 1902


HAIKU Defined for Kids

haiku

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noun hai·ku \ˈhī-ˌkü\

Definition of haiku for Students

plural

haiku

  1. :  a Japanese poem or form of poetry without rhyme having three lines with the first and last lines having five syllables and the middle having seven


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