Definition of sestet in English:

sestet

noun

  • 1Prosody
    The last six lines of a sonnet.

    ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Music rare A sextet.

Pronunciation

sestet

/sesˈtet/ /sɛsˈtɛt/

Origin

Early 19th century from Italian sestetto, from sesto, from Latin sextus ‘a sixth’.