po·​et·​ic | \ pō-ˈe-tik How to pronounce poetic (audio) \

Definition of poetic

1a : of, relating to, or characteristic of poets or poetry
b : given to writing poetry
2 : written in verse
3 : having or expressing the qualities of poetry (as through aesthetic or emotional impact) her poetic beauty

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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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First Known Use of poetic

1500, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Poetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetic. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of poetic

: of, relating to, or characteristic of poets or poetry
: having a beautiful or graceful quality


po·​et·​ic | \ pō-ˈe-tik How to pronounce poetic (audio) \
variants: or poetical \ -​i-​kəl \

Kids Definition of poetic

: of, relating to, or like that of poets or poetry poetic words

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