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.

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The lesson continued when students volunteered to be a poet or a reader. Charlene Paparizos, cleveland.com, "Chagrin Falls Schools Celebrate National Poetry Month: Community Voices," 26 Apr. 2018 His fellow prisoners accuse him of being an idealist, a bad poet and an honest man. Mitchel Benson, sacbee, "'Man of La Mancha' is a soul-stirring musical about hope and honor | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 2018 They were announced this evening during a ceremony at the New-York Historical Society, where the poet and essayist Elizabeth Alexander read a keynote speech by Toni Morrison (Morrison was unable to attend because of the weather). Catie L'heureux, The Cut, "Meet 10 Emerging Writers Who Just Won the Whiting Award," 21 Mar. 2018 Some of them have received notes or emails from Hillary with quotes from her favorite poets, including Mary Oliver. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "Meet Hillary Clinton's Inner Circle, the Queenmakers Who Won't Rest Until She's President," 16 Aug. 2016 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

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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 How to pronounce poet (audio) \

Kids Definition of poet

: a writer of poems

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