- The definition of tercet is three lines of poetry that create a stanza or poem.
An example of a tercet is a haiku poem.
tercet definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French ; from Italian terzetto, diminutive of terzo ; from Classical Latin tertius, third
tercet definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A group of three lines of verse, often rhyming together or with another triplet.
- Music See triplet.
Origin: French, from Italian terzetto, from diminutive of terzo, third, from Latin tertius; see trei- in Indo-European roots.