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tercet Line breaks: ter¦cet
Pronunciation: /ˈtəːsɪt/

Definition of tercet in English:


A set or group of three lines of verse rhyming together or connected by rhyme with an adjacent triplet.
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.


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

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