Definition of sestet in English:


Line breaks: ses¦tet
Pronunciation: /sɛsˈtɛt


  • 1 Prosody The last six lines of a sonnet.
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    • Or as Grafton puts it, in rhyming sestets, the footnote has the power to ‘buttress and undermine, at one and the same time’.
    • The beginning octave of this sonnet fits poorly with the sestet.
    • In the sestet we hear his revealingly equivocal reply to the proffered charge of aloofness.
  • 2 Music , • rare A sextet.


early 19th century: from Italian sestetto, from sesto, from Latin sextus 'a sixth'.

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