Definition of tercet in English:

tercet

Syllabification: ter·cet
Pronunciation: /ˈtersət
 
/

noun

Prosody
A set or group of three lines of verse rhyming together or connected by rhyme with an adjacent tercet.
More example sentences
  • Both albums are rife with lyrical references to rolling hills, trees, creeks, dirty knees and breezes, and delivered in direct couplets or simply rhymed tercets.
  • To analyze a sonnet into quatrains and tercets is to recognize it as a sonnet, and so to relate it to a conventional lyrical category.
  • But instead of following the never-ending spiral of an apple peel, the story is delimited by closed circularity: it begins with the last tercets and closes with the first quatrains of a sonnet.

Origin

late 16th century: from French, from Italian terzetto, diminutive of terzo 'third', from Latin tertius.

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