Definition of poem in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpōəm/
Pronunciation: /pōm/


1A piece of writing that partakes of the nature of both speech and song that is nearly always rhythmical, usually metaphorical, and often exhibits such formal elements as meter, rhyme, and stanzaic structure.
Example sentences
  • The group spent the morning working on a descriptive piece of writing and poems about people they knew.
  • Here again the listless rhythms gather images and ideas into poems of real power.
  • When he's not writing protest poems about saving rocks, Albert ponders the meaning of life.
verse, rhyme, piece of poetry, song
1.1Something that arouses strong emotions because of its beauty: you make a poem of riding downhill on your bike


Late 15th century: from French poème or Latin poema, from Greek poēma, early variant of poiēma 'fiction, poem', from poiein 'create'.

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Syllabification: po·em

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