Definition of sonnet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsɒnɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɑːnɪt//
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a poem that has 14 lines, each containing 10 syllables, and a fixed pattern of rhyme Shakespeare’s sonnets See related entries: Poetry Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from French, or from Italian sonetto, diminutive of suono ‘a sound’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sonnet