son·​net ˈsä-nət How to pronounce sonnet (audio)
: a fixed verse form of Italian origin consisting of 14 lines that are typically 5-foot iambics rhyming according to a prescribed scheme
also : a poem in this pattern

Examples of sonnet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Heffernan, who was raised in southwest Detroit, was known for pushing the boundaries of traditional poetic forms such as sonnets, sestinas and iambic pentameters, infusing them with everyday conversational tones and theological depth. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 10 May 2024 These chatbots can compose sonnets, write code, get philosophical, and automate tasks. David Nield, WIRED, 22 Feb. 2024 In contrast to her brother, who produced more than 100 plays and sonnets, only seven documents have been recovered from Joan’s lifetime that mention her. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 22 Mar. 2024 No need to burden yourself with page-long sonnets to your list of loved ones, from family members to life partners to best friends. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 5 Feb. 2024 In 1903, her famous sonnet was cast on a bronze plaque and attached to the inner wall of the Statue of Liberty. Sari Beth Rosenberg, Parents, 5 Mar. 2024 The result is a cacophony that is one part dance anthem, one part sonnet. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2024 Wiman reminded his class of the punishment for tardiness—memorizing a sonnet—then turned to that week’s readings, which were about love. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 The first official documentation of La Llorona is in a 19th century sonnet by poet Manuel Carpio. Sarah Quiñones Wolfson, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2023

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Word History


Italian sonetto, from Old Occitan sonet little song, from son sound, song, from Latin sonus sound

First Known Use

circa 1555, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sonnet was circa 1555

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“Sonnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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son·​net ˈsän-ət How to pronounce sonnet (audio)
: a poem of 14 lines usually rhyming by a fixed scheme

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