Petrarchan
adjective see Petrarch

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Petrarchan — (also Petrarchanism, Petrarchian) Is a type of sonnet, which refers to a concept of unattainable love first developed by Italian humanist and writer, Francesco Petrarch. Petrarch either invented or made famous the Italian sonnet pattern, which is …   Wikipedia

  • Petrarchan — 1827 (Keats uses Petrarchal, 1818), from Francesco Petrarch (It. Petrarca) the poet (1304 1374) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Petrarchan — /pi trahr keuhn/, adj. Also, Petrarchian /pi trahr kee euhn/. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the works of Petrarch. 2. characteristic or imitative of the style of Petrarch. n. 3. Petrarchist. [1820 30; PETRARCH + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • Petrarchan — adj. of or pertaining to the works of Francesco Petrarch; characteristic of Francesco Petrarch s style; imitative of the style of Francesco Petrarch …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Petrarchan — [pɪ trα:k(ə)n] adjective denoting a sonnet of the kind used by the Italian poet Petrarch (1304–74), with an octave rhyming abbaabba, and a sestet typically rhyming cdcdcd or cdecde …   English new terms dictionary

  • petrarchan — pe·trar·chan …   English syllables

  • petrarchan — adj. denoting a sonnet of the kind used by the Italian poet Petrarch (d. 1374), with an octave rhyming abbaabba, and a sestet usu. rhyming cdcdcd or cdecde …   Useful english dictionary

  • Petrarchan sonnet — [pi trär′kən] n. a sonnet composed of a group of eight lines (octave) with two rhymes abba abba, and a group of six lines ( sestet) with two or three rhymes variously arranged, typically cde cde or cdc dcd: the thought or theme is stated and… …   English World dictionary

  • Petrarchan sonnet — noun a sonnet consisting of an octave with the rhyme pattern abbaabba, followed by a sestet with the rhyme pattern cdecde or cdcdcd • Syn: ↑Italian sonnet • Hypernyms: ↑sonnet * * * noun Usage: usually capitalized P : a sonnet composed of an… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Petrarchan sonnet — noun Etymology: Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca) Date: circa 1909 Italian sonnet …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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