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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Those arrested were Telugu-language poet Varavara Rao in Hyderabad, Vernon Gonzalves and Arun Farreira in Mumbai, and Gautam Navalakha and Sudha Bhardwaj in New Delhi and a neighboring town. Fox News, "India's top court refuses to release 5 rights activists," 28 Sep. 2018 About a year and a half ago my friend, poet Angel Nafis, called. Ashley C. Ford, Glamour, "Lena Waithe Feels 'So Free' After Cutting Her Hair, and I Get It," 10 Aug. 2018 Like her peers, Armantrout is interested in muddying the relationship of poet and reader. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 An accomplished poet and artist, Liu Xia joins several other fellow friends and Chinese intellectuals in exile in Berlin. Suyin Haynes / Taipei, Time, "One Year on From His Death, Taiwan Remembers Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo," 13 July 2018 The society provokes innovative research about the poet and provides a community for Hoccleve scholars. Courant Community, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 10 July 2018 The list of authors includes a former Presbyterian pastor James R.E. Craighead, Methodist pastor and theologian Warren Ebinger, two poets and others with direct Oswego connections, museum officials said. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Museum highlights work of authors from Oswego," 9 July 2018 Look for instance at Vladimir Mayakovsky, the famed poet and avant-garde leader of the Futurist movement, who made posters in support of the Soviet regime. Anne Tschida, miamiherald, "The Power of Propaganda," 22 June 2018 An interview with the poets will take place at 5 p.m. Gibson will read at 6 p.m., followed by music at 6:45 p.m. by Amy Gallatin and Hot Flashes. Carole Goldberg, courant.com, "Jennifer Egan, Claire Messud, Wendy Hinman To Give Book Talks," 11 June 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


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: a writer of poems

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