Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A 14-line verse form usually having one of several conventional rhyme schemes.
  • n. A poem in this form.

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  • n. A fixed verse form of Italian origin consisting of fourteen lines that are typically five-foot iambics and rhyme according to one of a few prescribed schemes.
  • v. To compose sonnets.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short poem, -- usually amatory.
  • n. A poem of fourteen lines, -- two stanzas, called the octave, being of four verses each, and two stanzas, called the sestet, of three verses each, the rhymes being adjusted by a particular rule.
  • intransitive v. To compose sonnets.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To celebrate in sonnets.
  • To cover or fill with sonnets.
  • To compose sonnets.
  • n. A song; a ballad; a short poem.
  • n. Specifically A short poem in fixed form, limited to fourteen lines with a prescribed disposition of rimes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. compose a sonnet
  • n. a verse form consisting of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme
  • v. praise in a sonnet

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French or Italian sonetto (French, from Italian), from Old Provençal sonet, diminutive of son, song, from Latin sonus, a sound; see swen- in Indo-European roots.

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Italian sonetto

Examples

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  • "...Come, thou Fount of every blessing

    Tune my heart to sing thy grace;

    Streams of mercy, never ceasing

    Call for songs of loudest praise

    Teach me some melodious sonnet

    Sung by flaming tongues above

    Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it

    Mount of thy redeeming love..."

    January 10, 2018