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Definition of "sonnet" [son•net]

  • A 14-line verse form usually having one of several conventional rhyme schemes. (noun)
  • A poem in this form. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sonnet" in a sentence
  • "There are experimental sonnets that really do test the boundaries of the sonnet – the sonnet is all about innovation within tradition, and has been since it entered the English language, via translation, with Wyatt."
  • "That the sonnet is a cover story is suggested by Wordsworth's private account of meeting"
  • "One of the great things about this sonnet is how the flow of thought is controlled (and transformed)."