poet definition by Webster's New World
- a person who writes poems or verses
- a person who displays imaginative power and beauty of thought, language, etc.
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French poete ; from Classical Latin poeta ; from Classical Greek poiētēs, one who makes, poet ; from poiein, to make: see poem
poet definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A writer of poems.
- One who is especially gifted in the perception and expression of the beautiful or lyrical: “[the naturalist John Burroughs] was the bard of the bird feeder, the poet of the small and homey” (Bill McKibben).
Origin: Middle English, from Old French poete, from Latin poēta, from Greek poiētēs, maker, composer, from poiein, to create; see kwei-2 in Indo-European roots.