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 Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, an essayist and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. New York Times, "A World of Black Intimacy at the Card Table," 24 Feb. 2021 In October, American poet Louise Glück was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Star Tribune, "Amanda Gorman composes a poetic inauguration," 22 Jan. 2021 The literature prize was awarded to American poet Louise Glück. David Keyton, Anchorage Daily News, "Stanford economists win Nobel economics prize for improving how auctions work," 12 Oct. 2020 The Nobel Prize for literature was awarded to American poet Louise Glück on Thursday. Editors, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Delta, Trump's coronavirus battle, Nobel Peace Prize, Lakers: 5 things to know Friday," 9 Oct. 2020 Sonia Sanchez was another poet Gorman noted to the former First Lady. NBC News, "Amanda Gorman and the Black poets who influence her work," 6 Feb. 2021 Ahua is a composer, producer and teaching artist who grew up in Nigeria and Kenya, while Jackson is a poet, playwright, dancer, musician and winner of fellowships from the McKnight and Jerome foundations. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, "Minnesota creatives respond to a big idea: Let's make opera small," 4 Feb. 2021 Jericho Brown is a poet and the director of the creative-writing program at Emory University. New York Times, "‘Inaugural,’ an Original Poem," 20 Jan. 2021 Gorman, 22, is the youngest poet to participate in a presidential inauguration. Nancy Clanton, ajc, "Amanda Gorman inspires Black History Month art contest," 2 Feb. 2021

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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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7 Mar 2021

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“Poet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poet. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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