sestina

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian sestina. Doublet of sextain.

Noun[edit]

sestina (plural sestinas)

  1. (poetry) A highly structured poem consisting of six six-line stanzas followed by a tercet or envoy, for a total of thirty-nine lines.
    Coordinate terms: pentina, triolet
    • 2002, Annie Finch, Kathrine Varnes, An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art, University of Michigan Press (→ISBN), page 290:
      Although the sestina is of medieval French origin, attributed to Arnaut Daniel in the late twelfth century and used by other Gallic poets and by Italians including Petrarch and Dante (from whom it received its Italian name), []
  2. (music) A chord comprising the first six members of the harmonic series.

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Czech[edit]

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Noun[edit]

sestina f

  1. (poetry) sestina

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Further reading[edit]

  • sestina in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • sestina in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989
  • sestina in Kartotéka Novočeského lexikálního archivu

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From sesto (sixth).

Noun[edit]

sestina f (plural sestine)

  1. (poetry) a six-line stanza, sestet, sestina, sextain
  2. (music) sextuplet

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  • English: sestina

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