tercet

(redirected from tercets)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

ter·cet

 (tûr′sĭt)
n.
1. A group of three lines of verse, often rhyming together or with another triplet.
2. Music See triplet.

[French, from Italian terzetto, from diminutive of terzo, third, from Latin tertius; see trei- in Indo-European roots.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

tercet

(ˈtɜːsɪt; tɜːˈsɛt)
n
(Poetry) a group of three lines of verse that rhyme together or are connected by rhyme with adjacent groups of three lines
[C16: from French, from Italian terzetto, diminutive of terzo third, from Latin tertius]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

ter•cet

(ˈtɜr sɪt, tɜrˈsɛt)

n.
a group of three lines of verse rhyming together or connected by rhyme with the adjacent group or groups of three lines.
[1590–1600; < French < Italian terzetto < Latin tertius. See -et]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

tercet

A group of three lines, often connected by rhyme.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tercet - the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and onetercet - the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
digit, figure - one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration; "0 and 1 are digits"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Translations

tercet

[ˈtɜːsɪt] Nterceto m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

tercet

n (Poet) → Terzine f; (Mus) → Triole f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
References in periodicals archive ?
In the first and second tercets, the Tiber is named as that which has survived Rome's decay:
While at the close of the quatrains we have become familiar with the voices of sun and viewer, the tercets suggest an altered world.
The principal evidence adduced is the compactness of the tercets describing Manto's wanderings.
Not until the last two tercets of this second speech, when considering his future, does Piero describe himself in the first person.
In the opening poem, "Lunar Tercets," Clark walks backward into Symbolism through a series of negatives:
Each poem in turn has fourteen lines, and all, except for the first poem, are composed of two quatrains and two tercets, thereby formally evoking the sonnet, although the lines are written in free verse.
The juxtaposition of these first two tercets, with their contrasting presentation of the female form, encapsulates a loss of innocence and idealism central to Alberti's poetry of this phase.
It established a rigorous and somewhat monotonous form: seven-syllable lines using two rhymes, distributed in (normally) five tercets (three-line stanzas) and a final quatrain with line repetitions.
In strained and bloody tercets, Weisburd writes of "the velvet yes yes / of gas fumes" and "seven decapitated frog heads, like little Stalins" the boy leaves lining his driveway.
But Guttman is far beyond name-dropping in proving her poetic seriousness; she skillfully employs form and rhyme, producing a ballad and a sonnet as well as a plethora of neatly rendered tercets.
In the tercets the total emptiness of this dark and deserted room is emphasized still further by its being reflected in an ornate gilt-framed mirror.
She develops this conceit in three tercets in which her male lover transforms into various trees while she tries to seize and kiss him.