- a Japanese verse form of 31 syllables in five unrhymed lines, the first and third having five syllables each and the others seven
- a poem in this form
Origin of tankaSino-Japanese from tan, short + ka, poem, song
- a. A Japanese lyric verse form having seven unrhymed lines, the first and third composed of five morae and the rest of seven.b. A verse form in another language modeled on the Japanese tanka, typically counting syllables instead of morae.
- A poem written in such a form.
Origin of tankaJapanese tan short ( from Middle Chinese tuan´ ) ( also the source of Mandarin du&acaron;n ) ka song, poem ( from Middle Chinese ka ) ( also the source of Mandarin gē )
nounpl. Tanka, or Tan·kas
Origin of TankaCantonese daan6 gaa1 daan6 tribal name ( from Middle Chinese t&hhook;an` ) ( also the source of Mandarin dàn ) gaa1 family, people ( from Middle Chinese kja&tricolon; ) ( also the source of Mandarin jiā )
From Japanese çŸæŒ (tanka ãŸã‚“ã‹, “short song"), from Middle Chinese çŸ (twÃ¡n "short") + æŒ (ka "song") (compare Mandarin duÇŽngÄ“ çŸæŒ).
From Japanese å•–å‘µ (tanka).