po·​et | \ ˈpō-ət How to pronounce poet (audio) , -it also ˈpȯ(-)it\

Definition of poet

1 : one who writes poetry : a maker of verses
2 : one (such as a creative artist) of great imaginative and expressive capabilities and special sensitivity to the medium

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Examples of poet in a Sentence

Emily Dickinson is famous as the poet who rarely left the house but often journeyed to the depths of the human heart.

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Rondo Family Reunion: Pictures and Poems for Our People: Photographer Chris Scott and poets Hawona Sullivan Janzen and Clarence White all have connections to Rondo and have spent the past 18 months documenting the lives of neighborhood elders. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Night arts fest Northern Spark will shine in Rondo and Minneapolis this weekend," 13 June 2019 Immerse yourself in the mystical landscapes of the Lake District, where gemlike lakes reflect England’s highest mountains and poets like William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge drew their inspiration. National Geographic, "Hiking England Coast to Coast," 12 June 2019 Sweileh is a journalist, novelist, and poet from Syria. Jonathan Wright, Harper's magazine, "The Tortoise and the Hedgehog," 10 June 2019 Sexton revealed his answer first: Elizabethan playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe. Emily Yahr, nola.com, "James Holzhauer’s new title: former ‘Jeopardy’ champ," 4 June 2019 Visually tantalizing and narrated with aid from art director Ben Kelway and poet Wilson Oryema, de Kluyver's 144-page tome features abstract shoots with six different photographer friends. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Gucci’s New Global Makeup Artist Just Released a Mesmerizing Beauty Book," 23 May 2019 Our second treasure is equally full of precious gems and was buried on the same island by a 19th-century pirate ship navigator who was an accomplished mathematician and amateur poet. Quanta Magazine, "How to Find Simple Treasures in Complex Numbers," 14 Feb. 2019 Next up: Fatimah Asghar, 28, poet, screenwriter, and co-creator of the web series Brown Girls, who bounces between Los Angeles, CA and Chicago, IL. Fatimah Asghar, Glamour, "The Poet Who Doesn't Travel Without $18 Eyeliner or Booty Mist," 24 Oct. 2018 Boris is a cult hero, a poet, a musician without a stage. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Ludovico: The piano’s quiet rock star talks about his first Houston concert," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of poet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for poet

Middle English, from Anglo-French poete, from Latin poeta, from Greek poiētēs maker, poet, from poiein to make; akin to Sanskrit cinoti he gathers, heaps up

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English Language Learners Definition of poet

: a person who writes poems


po·​et | \ ˈpō-ət How to pronounce poet (audio) \

Kids Definition of poet

: a writer of poems

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