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1. A group of six lines of poetry, especially the last six lines of a Petrarchan sonnet.
2. A poem or stanza containing six lines.

[Italian sestetto, from sesto, sixth, from Latin sextus; see s(w)eks in Indo-European roots.]






1. (Poetry) prosody the last six lines of a Petrarchan sonnet
2. (Poetry) prosody any six-line stanza
3. (Music, other) another word for sextet1
[C19: from Italian sestetto, from sesto sixth, from Latin sextus, from sex six]


(sɛˈstɛt, ˈsɛs tɛt)

a group or stanza of six lines, esp. the last six lines of a Petrarchan sonnet.
[1795–1805; < Italian sestetto sextet]


A group of six lines.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sestet - the cardinal number that is the sum of five and onesestet - the cardinal number that is the sum of five and one
digit, figure - one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration; "0 and 1 are digits"
2.sestet - six performers or singers who perform together
musical group, musical organisation, musical organization - an organization of musicians who perform together
3.sestet - a set of six similar things considered as a unit
set - a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used; "a set of books"; "a set of golf clubs"; "a set of teeth"
4.sestet - a musical composition written for six performers
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
5.sestet - a rhythmic group of six lines of verse
stanza - a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem


[sesˈtet] Nsexteto m


n (Mus) → Sextett nt; (Poet) → Sestine f
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Whereas Pulci's Italian hendecasyllabic octaves rhyme abababcc, Tusiani has chosen to approximate that form with an English blank verse sestette, followed by a rhyming or half-rhyming pentameter couplet.