tri·​o·​let ˈtrē-ə-lət How to pronounce triolet (audio)
: a poem or stanza of eight lines in which the first line is repeated as the fourth and seventh and the second line as the eighth with a rhyme scheme of ABaAabAB

Word History


French, from Middle French, literally, clover leaf, clover, ultimately from Greek triphyllon, from tri- tri- + phyllon leaf — more at blade

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of triolet was in 1651

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“Triolet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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