son·​ne·​teer | \ ˌsä-nə-ˈtir How to pronounce sonneteer (audio) \

Definition of sonneteer

1 : a composer of sonnets
2 : a minor or insignificant poet

Other Words from sonneteer

sonneteering \ ˌsä-​nə-​ˈtir-​iŋ How to pronounce sonneteer (audio) \ 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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First Known Use of sonneteer

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sonneteer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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