Definition of haiku in English:

haiku

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪkuː
 
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noun (plural same or haikus)

1A Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.
More example sentences
  • It tastes of deepening autumn and makes me long for one or two haiku [seventeen-syllable Japanese poems to capture the feeling.
  • He likened text message poetry to haikus, the ancient Japanese art of writing three-line poems.
  • This haiku (a 17 syllable epigrammatic verse) by one of Japan's greatest poets seems at first glance to have little to it.
1.1A poem in English written in the form of a haiku.
More example sentences
  • One early exercise that I'm still inordinately proud of was the instruction to ‘write a haiku using only the words you can find on the racing page of the morning paper.’
  • They could add descriptive words, phrases or sentences, or they could write a poem, haiku, alliteration, metaphor, or perhaps words from a song.
  • I love reading books, taking long walks in the park, and writing haikus. (this actually is a haiku)

Origin

Japanese, contracted form of haikai no ku 'light verse'.

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