The definition of a cinquain is a five-line poem that conveys a vivid image.
An example of a cinquain is November Night by Adelaide Crapsey.
- A five-line stanza.
- A poem of five lines consisting respectively of two, four, six, eight, and two syllables.
Origin of cinquainFrench cinq, five (from Old French cinc; see cinque) + (quatr)ain.