Definition of "haiku" []

  • A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons. (noun)
  • A poem written in this form. (noun)
  • An epigrammatic Japanese verse form in 17 syllables (noun)

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Use "haiku" in a sentence
  • "For our purpose, the use of the term haiku will imply the three-line, five / seven / five syllabic pattern common to this form of Japanese poem."
  • "The first movement sets 8 of Ashbery's "37 Haiku" — after a swooping-down glissando opening, each haiku is declaimed by a solo singer while the rest accompany on "ahs" and "oohs" derived from the word haiku itself."
  • "Will probably write about the movie later (and not in haiku form as I think I have lots to say, just gotta let it gather in my mind for a few days, y'know)."