po·​et | \ ˈpō-ət , -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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The poet and conceptual artist Natasha Marin wants to start a black revolution. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "Joy, peace feed black revolution in artist Natasha Marin’s new West Seattle exhibit," 19 Aug. 2018 Named after a 10th century Iraqi poet, al-Muntanabbi Street is the literary heart of the city, and until recently, its bookshops and stalls have been run by men only. Rachel Elbaum, NBC News, "Baghdad’s first female bookseller breaks barriers," 27 Feb. 2018 Emily Dickinson This poet was a famous recluse and never married. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Single This Halloween? 11 Costumes Guaranteed to Make You Stand Out From the Crowd," 12 Oct. 2018 But the poet and artist Liu Xia herself will be noticeably absent. Washington Post, "Nobel widow’s release is short-lived human rights triumph," 13 July 2018 An accomplished poet and writer, Liu Xia was placed under house arrest by the Chinese authorities in 2010, after her husband won the Nobel Peace Prize but was unable to collect it due to his detention on political grounds. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Widow of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo Leaves China After Eight Years Under House Arrest, Reports Say," 10 July 2018 Acclaimed poet and memoirist Hampl investigates leisure or loafing or wasting time, a commodity many of us both desire and fear. Dannye Romine Powell, charlotteobserver, "Slipping into the sleeves of other lives: 8 memoirs to read now and 4 to watch for," 2 June 2018 The poet Tommy Pico was someone whom my producer Kristina Loring went to school with. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Chez Panisse vet Cal Peternell wants to save journalism with a podcast," 1 June 2018 Arnault is married to a member of the academy, the poet Katarina Frostenson, and is a close friend to other members. Anchorage Daily News, "Sex scandal's latest casualty: The 2018 Nobel Prize in literature," 4 May 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 \

Kids Definition of poet

: a writer of poems

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