Origin of quatrainFrench from quatre from Classical Latin quattuor, four
An example of a quatrain.
The definition of a quatrain is a group of four lines in a poem.
An example of a quatrain is a stanza in a poem.
A stanza or poem of four lines.
Origin of quatrainFrench from Old French from quatre four from Latin quattuor ; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.
- Unfortunately, the original quatrain stated nothing of the sort.
- The particular quatrain predicts the coming of a Great King of Terror and ends in Mars joyfully ruling all.
- Nostradamus died in 1566 and never wrote the quatrain above.
- Firdousi accepted the challenge, and the three poets having previously agreed upon three rhyming words to which a fourth could not be found in the Persian language, 'Ansari began "Thy beauty eclipses the light of the sun"; Farrakhi added "The rose with thy cheek would comparison shun"; 'Asjadi continued "Thy glances pierce through the mailed warrior's johsun"; 1 and Firdousi, without a moment's hesitation, completed the quatrain "Like the lance of fierce Giv in his fight with Poshun."
- Lutatius Catulus composed a quatrain in his honour, and the dictator Sulla presented him with a gold ring, the badge of the equestrian order, a remarkable distinction for an actor in Rome, where the profession was held in contempt.