Quatrain meaning

kwŏtrān, kwŏ-trān
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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.

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A stanza of four lines.

Awake! for Morning in the Bowl of Night,

Has flung the Stone that puts the stars to flight.

And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught.

The Sultan's Turret in a Noose of light.

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A stanza or poem of four lines.
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A stanza or poem of four lines, often rhyming abab, abba, or abcb.
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A poem in four lines.
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Origin of quatrain

  • French from Old French from quatre four from Latin quattuor kwetwer- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French quatrain.

    From Wiktionary