son·​net | \ ˈsä-nət How to pronounce sonnet (audio) \

Definition of sonnet

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web And a bonus shout-out for this beautiful sonnet to Chinatown’s new generation of culinary riches by Tejal Rao in the NYT. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2021 Kappus had sent Rilke another poem, a sonnet full of adolescent longing—and this time Rilke had responded. Kamran Javadizadeh, The New Yorker, 26 May 2021 Sonus differentiated itself into numerous words in Latin and the Romance languages, many of which were also adopted into English (sound, sonnet, sonorous). Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 May 2021 Love at First is poetry, then — sometimes an artful sonnet, other times halting free verse. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 1 Mar. 2021 Sir Patrick Stewart has been reading a Shakespeare sonnet every day. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, 10 July 2020 Today was Auden — my major literary enthusiasm — and a few of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Alexander Mccall Smith, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2020 Frosting can be as basic as a few chocolate stripes on your peanut butter cookie or as complex as writing a sugary sonnet on your gingerbread. Popular Science, 2 Jan. 2020 In short, Ellen finds herself at the mercy of shell companies, which, like sonnets, are no less potent for existing only on paper. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sonnet

circa 1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sonnet

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

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“Sonnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sonnet

: a poem made up of 14 lines that rhyme in a fixed pattern

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