Definition of tercet in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtersət/ /ˈtɛrsət/

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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘He compiles a list of expressions to designate this double object and devotes the sonnet's tercets to its description.’
    • ‘Another recurrent prosodic trait in this book is the repetition of tercets.’


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