nounpl. -·nas or -·ne
an elaborate verse form of six six-line stanzas and a tercet: the end words of the first stanza are repeated in varying combinations in the other five stanzas and the tercet
Origin of sestinaItalian from sesto, sixth: see sestet
A verse form first used by the Provençal troubadours, consisting of six six-line stanzas and a three-line envoy. The end words of the first stanza are repeated in varied order as end words in the other stanzas and also recur in the envoy.
Origin of sestinaItalian from sesto sixth from Latin sextus ; see s(w)eks in Indo-European roots.
From Italian sestina.