tercet

noun ter·cet \ ˈtər-sət \

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

Origin and Etymology of tercet

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


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