tercet

noun

ter·​cet ˈtər-sət How to pronounce tercet (audio)
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tercet was circa 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Tercet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tercet. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

tercet

noun

ter·​cet ˈtər-sət How to pronounce tercet (audio)
: a unit or group of three lines of verse

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