The definition of a haiku is a Japanese verse poem of unrhymed lines which are written in a structure of 5 syllables for first line, 7 syllables for second line, then 5 syllables for third line.
An example of a haiku is a short poem about nature.
- a Japanese verse form, rendered in English as three unrhymed lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively (total 17 syllables), often on some subject in nature
- pl. -·ku· a poem in this form
Origin of haikuJapanese
nounpl. haiku, also hai·kus
- a. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five morae, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.b. A verse form in another language modeled on the Japanese haiku, typically counting syllables instead of morae.
- A poem written in this form.
Origin of haikuJapanese hai amusement ( from Middle Chinese p&hhook;a&tricolon;j ) ku phrase ( from Middle Chinese ky&schwabreve;` sentence ) ( also the source of Mandarin jù )
(plural haiku or haikus)
- A Japanese poem of a specific form, consisting of three lines, the first and last consisting of five morae, and the second consisting of seven morae, usually with an emphasis on the season or a naturalistic theme.
- A three-line poem in any language, with five syllables in the first and last lines and seven syllables in the second, usually with an emphasis on the season or a naturalistic theme.
- Haiku, a poem
- five beats, then seven, then five
- ends as it began.
- plural form of haiku