Definition of City Poet in English:

City Poet


historical British
  • A name given to a poet appointed to write pageants for the Lord Mayor of London.

    By the late 17th century the role of City Poet was seen as a semi-formal office, of which the last known holder was Elkanah Settle (1648–1724).


Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Dekker (c1572–1632), playwright and pamphleteer.