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 The author, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, is a poet who becomes ensorcelled by an 18th-century lament, primarily composed by a woman named Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill. Molly Young, Vulture, 4 June 2021 Santoka Taneda, the subject of this biography, was a poet and a Buddhist priest. Diane Scharper, National Review, 27 May 2021 Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, an essayist and a cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. Hanif Abdurraqib, New York Times, 26 May 2021 Is Shakespeare perhaps no longer a poet but only was one and now isn’t anymore? Claudio Magris, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Marjory Wentworth is a poet, children’s book author and non-fiction writer. Kwame Alexander, Bon Appétit, 7 May 2021 Some of the women Hugue featured for the exhibit include filmmaker and first Black woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe, Ava DuVernay, poet Amanda Gorman, actress Issa Rae and former first lady Michelle Obama. Nile Fortner, sun-sentinel.com, 27 May 2021 Contemporary artist Olivia Guterson and poet Jessica Care Moore are also collaborating on a mural. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 27 May 2021 Saul—a blond-haired, blue-eyed boy with a good dose of Africa in him—would wear the name of an electrifying black-skinned slam poet, but also of a biblical unifier of tribes, and perhaps history’s most famous convert. Thomas Chatterton Williams, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 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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“Poet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poet. Accessed 19 Jun. 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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