Definition of hokku in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhôˌko͞o/ Pronunciation: /ˈhä-/

noun (plural same)

Another term for haiku.
Example sentences
  • Haiku written before 1892 are more correctly known as hokku, the beginning verse of hakkai poetry.
  • It was only in the 19th century that the hokku became haiku and was stripped of its connection to the renga.
  • He took this opening verse, the hokku, and refined it to become what is now known as the haiku.


Late 19th century: Japanese, literally 'opening verse' (of a linked sequence of comic verses).

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Syllabification: hok·ku

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