Definition of cinquain in English:

cinquain

Syllabification: cin·quain
Pronunciation: /siNGˈkān
 
/

noun

  • (In verse) a five-line stanza.
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    • Both free verse and rhymed poetry styles are studied, including cinquain, haiku, tanka, rhopalic, echo and refrain poems, acrostics, alphabet and dictionary poems.
    • New kinds of poetry need to be explored by pupils, such as in the writing of diamantes and cinquains.
    • Once my students achieved success with these tasks, I would surprise them by reading aloud samples of haiku, as well as other formula verse, such as tanka and cinquain.

Origin

late 19th century: French, from cinq 'five'.

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