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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [se-stee-nuh]
    • /sɛˈsti nə/
    • /sestˈiːnə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [se-stee-nuh]
    • /sɛˈsti nə/

Definitions of sestina word

  • noun plural sestina a poem of six six-line stanzas and a three-line envoy, originally without rhyme, in which each stanza repeats the end words of the lines of the first stanza, but in different order, the envoy using the six words again, three in the middle of the lines and three at the end. 1
  • noun sestina an elaborate verse form of Italian origin, normally unrhymed, consisting of six stanzas of six lines each and a concluding tercet. The six final words of the lines in the first stanza are repeated in a different order in each of the remaining five stanzas and also in the concluding tercet 0
  • noun sestina an elaborate verse form of six six-line stanzas and a tercet: the end words of the first stanza are repeated in varying combinations in the other five stanzas and the tercet 0

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Origin of sestina

First appearance:

before 1580
One of the 35% oldest English words
1580-90; < Italian, equivalent to sest(o) (< Latin sextus sixth) + -ina -ine2

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Parts of speech for Sestina


sestina popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 71% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for sestina

noun sestina

  • blank verse — Blank verse is poetry that does not rhyme. In English literature it usually consists of lines with five stressed syllables.
  • haiku — a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons.
  • limerick — a county in N Munster, in the SW Republic of Ireland. 037 sq. mi. (2686 sq. km).
  • lines — a thickness of glue, as between two veneers in a sheet of plywood.
  • lyric — (of poetry) having the form and musical quality of a song, and especially the character of a songlike outpouring of the poet's own thoughts and feelings, as distinguished from epic and dramatic poetry.

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