ses·​tet ses-ˈtet How to pronounce sestet (audio)
: a stanza or a poem of six lines
specifically : the last six lines of an Italian sonnet

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This 14-line pseudo-sonnet roughly follows the structure of a Petrarchan sonnet with its octave (first eight lines) stating a tension and the sestet (final six lines) including a volta (or turn). New York Times, 5 May 2022

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Word History


Italian sestetto, from sesto sixth, from Latin sextus — more at sext

First Known Use

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sestet was circa 1859

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Cite this Entry

“Sestet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


ses·​tet se-ˈstet How to pronounce sestet (audio)
: a group of six lines of poetry (as the last six lines of a sonnet)
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