- The definition of a sonnet is a fourteen line poem about a single theme with a standard rhyme scheme.
An example of sonnet is "How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
sonnet definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French ; from Italian sonnetto ; from ProvenÃ§al sonet, diminutive of son, a sound, song ; from Classical Latin sonus, a sound
sonnet definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A 14-line verse form usually having one of several conventional rhyme schemes.
- A poem in this form.
Origin: French 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.