Definition of sestina
: a lyrical fixed form consisting of six 6-line usually unrhymed stanzas in which the end words of the first stanza recur as end words of the following five stanzas in a successively rotating order and as the middle and end words of the three verses of the concluding tercet
Origin and Etymology of sestina
Italian, from sesto sixth
First Known Use: circa 1586See Words from the same year
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