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.
- The particular quatrain predicts the coming of a Great King of Terror and ends in Mars joyfully ruling all.
- Unfortunately, the original quatrain stated nothing of the sort.
- Nostradamus died in 1566 and never wrote the quatrain above.
- 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.
- Othon (1664), Agesilas (1666), Attila (1667), and Tite et Berenice (1670),(1670), were generally considered as proofs of failing powers, - the cruel quatrain of Boileau "Apres l'Age'silas Helas!