noun Etymology: French, from cinq five, from Old French, from Latin quinque — more at five Date: 1882 a 5-line stanza

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  • Cinquain — (pronounced /ˈsɪŋkeɪn/) is a class of poetic forms that employ a 5 line pattern. Earlier used to describe any five line form, it now refers to one of several forms that are defined by specific rules and guidelines.[1] Contents 1 Crapsey… …   Wikipedia

  • cinquain — (n.) collection of five, 1711, from Fr. cinquain bundle of five objects, from cinq five (see FIVE (Cf. five)). Originally in English of military orders of battle; of five lined stanzas of verse from 1882 …   Etymology dictionary

  • cinquain — (sin kin) s. m. Pièce, couplet de cinq vers, nommé plus souvent quintil. HISTORIQUE    XVIe s. •   Cinquain, OUDIN Dict.. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Cinq, comme quatre a formé quatrain. Cinquain s est dit pour une collection de cinq objets quelconques : un… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Cinquain — Quintil Un quintil est une strophe composée de cinq vers. Portail de la poésie Ce document provient de « Quintil ». Catégorie : Versification …   Wikipédia en Français

  • cinquain — /sing kayn , sing kayn/, n. 1. a group of five. 2. Pros. a. a short poem consisting of five, usually unrhymed lines containing, respectively, two, four, six, eight, and two syllables. b. any stanza of five lines. [1705 15; < F < LL cinque (see… …   Universalium

  • cinquain — noun /sɪn.ken/ a) A five line poetic form which consists of 2, 4, 6, 8 then 2 syllables. b) A five line poetic form which consists of 1 noun, 2 adjectives, 3 actions, 4 feeling words, then 1 noun that is the same as top noun …   Wiktionary

  • cinquain — cin·quain …   English syllables

  • cinquain — cin•quain [[t]sɪŋˈkeɪn, ˈsɪŋ keɪn[/t]] n. 1) a group of five 2) pro a stanza of five lines • Etymology: 1705–15; < F cinq five (« L quīnque). Cf. quatrain …   From formal English to slang

  • cinquain — /ˈsɪŋkeɪn/ (say singkayn), /sɪŋˈkeɪn/ (say sing kayn) noun Prosody a short poem consisting of five, usually unrhymed lines. {French, from Late Latin cinque five + French ain collective suffix. Compare quatrain} …  

  • cinquain —   n. group of five, especially five line stanza …   Dictionary of difficult words

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