Cinquain word definition

cinquain_definitionCinquain — What is it?

In a recent discussion about poetry, this word came up  — cinquain.    I don’t know if I have ever heard it before, so I wrote it down.

In addition to being new, my mind thought, “Hmm, this would be a great Scrabble word.”

In the world of poetry, cinquain means:

a short poem consisting of five, usually unrhymed lines. These lines are two, four, six, eight and two syllables respectively.

In general, cinquain means a group of five.

Origin:  French, from cinq five, from Old French, from Latin quinque — more at five

First known use: 1882
Now you know the meaning of a new word. Had I been more clever and timely, I would have posted this on May 5 — Cinco De Mayo.

4 responses to “Cinquain word definition

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  2. I think, if I remember correctly, in college English we had to do the Didactic Cinquain. One or two of the other examples seem familiar. I knew had heard the word before, did not remember what it meant. I think I just wrote an example. (Maybe) LOL

    Bitter, cold
    Swooshing, howling, blustery
    Playful, energetic and free

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