son·​ne·​teer ˌsä-nə-ˈtir How to pronounce sonneteer (audio)
: a composer of sonnets
: a minor or insignificant poet
sonneteering noun

Examples of sonneteer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her counterpart is Nigel's love interest, Portia (Autumn Hurlbert), who defies her double entendre-dropping Puritan father, Brother Jeremiah (Scott Cote), to pursue the sonneteer. Kerry Reid,, 13 July 2017 A sonnet is addressed to an indifferent object of passion; even if the actual lover warms up, the sonneteer can’t become too easily complacent—a dark lady suddenly sunny produces no one’s idea of a poem. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2017 There’s even an open mike if your inner sonneteer longs to be released; ‘ The New York Times, New York Times, 29 June 2017 Sonneteer is 0 for 10, but has four seconds, giving trainer Keith Desormeaux his second straight Derby starter. Gary B. Graves, The Seattle Times, 5 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sonneteer was in 1667

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“Sonneteer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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son·​ne·​teer ˌsän-ə-ˈti(ə)r How to pronounce sonneteer (audio)
: a writer of sonnets

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