Origin of sonnetFrench from Italian sonnetto from Provençal sonet, diminutive of son, a sound, song from Classical Latin sonus, a sound
An example of sonnet is "How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
- A 14-line verse form often in iambic pentameter, having one of several conventional rhyme schemes and usually featuring a shift in mood or tone after the eighth or twelfth line.
- A poem in this form.
Origin of sonnetFrench or Italian sonetto (French) ( from Italian) from Old Provençal sonet diminutive of son song from Latin sonus a sound ; see swen- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present sonnets, present participle sonneting, simple past and past participle sonneted)
- (intransitive) To compose sonnets.
- They introduced the sonnet and blank verse.
- Du Bellay did not actually introduce the sonnet into French poetry, but he acclimatized it; and when the fashion of sonneteering became a mania he was one of the first to ridicule its excesses.
- A 13thcentury sonnet by one Durante (xcii.
- The present Westminster Bridge, of iron on granite piers, was opened in 1862, but another preceded it, dating from 1750; the view from which was appreciated by Wordsworth in his sonnet beginning " Earth has not anything to show more fair."
- Of the Eliot oaks, made famous by Longfellow's sonnet, one was cut down in 1842, the other still stands.