Definition of octrain in English:


Line breaks: oc|train
Pronunciation: /ˈɒktreɪn


A group or stanza of eight lines; an octet: he insisted upon adding another octrain to the hymn
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  • The 16th Century Italian Mystery Play is an anonymous work, entitled Santa Uliva, whose octrains are said to preserve the ingenuous flavor of the popular poetry of the 15th century.
  • It will be seen that each consists of forty lines, or five octrains.
  • Next follows an octrain in which the authoress challenges the carping critic to show better work than hers.


early 19th century: from oct- + -rain, on the pattern of quatrain.

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