po·​et·​ic pō-ˈe-tik How to pronounce poetic (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of poets or poetry
: given to writing poetry
: written in verse
: having or expressing the qualities of poetry (as through aesthetic or emotional impact)
her poetic beauty

Examples of poetic in a Sentence

your description of the sun setting over the Grand Canyon was a particularly poetic piece of writing
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Word History

First Known Use

1500, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of poetic was in 1500

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“Poetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetic. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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po·​et·​ic pō-ˈet-ik How to pronounce poetic (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of poets or poetry
poetic words
: written in verse

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