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1. A five-line stanza.
2. A poem of five lines consisting respectively of two, four, six, eight, and two syllables.
[French cinq, five (from Old French cinc; see cinque) + (quatr)ain.]
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(Poetry) a stanza of five lines
[C18 (in the sense: a military company of five): from French cinq five, from Latin quinque; compare quatrain]
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cin•quain(sɪŋˈkeɪn, ˈsɪŋ keɪn)
1. a group of five.
2. a stanza of five lines.
[1705–15; < French cinq five (« Latin quīnque). compare quatrain]
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