tercet

noun
ter·​cet | \ ˈtər-sət How to pronounce tercet (audio) \

Definition of tercet

: a unit or group of three lines of verse:
a : one of the 3-line stanzas in terza rima
b : one of the two groups of three lines forming the sestet in an Italian sonnet

First Known Use of tercet

circa 1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tercet

Italian terzetto, from diminutive of terzo third, from Latin tertius — more at third entry 1

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The first known use of tercet was circa 1598

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“Tercet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tercet. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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