noun ter·cet \ˈtər-sət\

Definition of tercet

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

Origin and Etymology of tercet

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

First Known Use: circa 1598

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