Definition of quatrain
: a unit or group of four lines of verse
Recent Examples of quatrain from the Web
Here is the first quatrain of that poem: That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
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Origin and Etymology of quatrain
Middle French, from quatre four, from Latin quattuor
First Known Use: 1584
QUATRAIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of quatrain for English Language Learners
: a poem or verse that has four lines
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