sestet

The noun sestet means the six final lines of a sonnet, or another group of six lines of poetry. You might discuss a sestet during a college literature class.

Use sestet to talk about very specific lines of verse, the last six in a sonnet. It's most common to find a sestet in Italian sonnets, such as those written by Petrarch and Dante. In English poetry, it's more usual to see a couplet — two lines of verse — at the end of a sonnet. The noun sestet occasionally fills in for the word sextet, or group of six things. The Latin root is sextus, or "sixth."

Definitions of sestet
1

n a rhythmic group of six lines of verse

Type of:
stanza
a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem

n a set of six similar things considered as a unit

Synonyms:
sextet, sextette
Type of:
set
a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used

n six performers or singers who perform together

Synonyms:
sextet, sextette
Type of:
musical group, musical organisation, musical organization
an organization of musicians who perform together

n a musical composition written for six performers

Synonyms:
sextet, sextette
Type of:
composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
a musical work that has been created

n the cardinal number that is the sum of five and one

Synonyms:
6, Captain Hicks, VI, half a dozen, hexad, sextet, sextuplet, sise, six, sixer
Type of:
digit, figure
one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration

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