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.
Recent Examples on the Web Coined in 1917 by the poet Guillaume Apollinaire, the term gave voice to a movement that bubbled up in response to the world falling apart. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 9 May 2022 The first quarters released into circulation were of poet Maya Angelou and then first American woman astronaut Sally Ride earlier this year. Sarah Ewall-wice, CBS News, 4 Apr. 2022 There will be performances from Texas Southern University’s marching band, Ocean of Soul, as well as from the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, and readings by local poet Joy Priest and Houston Poet Laureate Outspoken Bean. Emma Balter, Chron, 1 Apr. 2022 This year, the program is issuing coins featuring five other women, including poet Maya Angelou and astronaut Sally Ride. NBC News, 31 Mar. 2022 The United States Mint has begun shipping quarters that feature the image of black poet Maya Angelou. orlandosentinel.com, 14 Jan. 2022 The United States Mint has begun shipping quarters that feature the image of black poet Maya Angelou. sun-sentinel.com, 13 Jan. 2022 Wells will join the ranks of a collection of inspiring women, such as poet Maya Angelou and activist Rosa Parks, put forth as dolls by Mattel. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2022 He was denounced as a vandal in sonorous verses by the poet Lord Byron, a fellow member of the Ango-Scottish aristocracy, and the broader British public alike. Bruce Clark, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Poet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poet. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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: a writer of poems

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