a person who composes poetry.
a person who has the gift of poetic thought, imagination, and creation, together with eloquence of expression.

1250–1300; Middle English poete < Latin poēta < Greek poiētḗs poet, literally, maker, equivalent to poiē-, variant stem of poieîn to make + -tēs agent noun suffix

poetless, adjective
poetlike, adjective
nonpoet, noun

1. versifier, bard. Unabridged
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poet or (sometimes when feminine) poetess (ˈpəʊɪt)
1.  a person who writes poetry
2.  a person with great imagination and creativity
[C13: from Latin poēta, from Greek poiētēs maker, poet, from poiein to make]
poetess or (sometimes when feminine) poetess
[C13: from Latin poēta, from Greek poiētēs maker, poet, from poiein to make]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. poete (12c.), from L. poeta "poet, author," from Gk. poetes "maker, author, poet," from poein "to make or compose," from PIE *kwoiwo- "making," from base *qwei- "to make" (cf. Skt. cinoti "heaping up, piling up," O.C.S. cinu "act, deed, order"). Replaced O.E. scop (which survives in
scoff). Used in 14c., as in classical langs., for all sorts of writers or composers of works of literature.
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