Definition of octrain in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒktreɪn/


A group or stanza of eight lines; an octet: he insisted upon adding another octrain to the hymn
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  • He had Gustave Ferrari in the role of Villon sing the first line of the octrain without echo.
  • The octrain concludes by saying that real comfort and joy come from obeying the Word.
  • 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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