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.
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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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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. poetic

  2. poetical

  3. poetry

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Example sentences
Clues in the text hint that the poet knew his astronomy.
Or about what great poet had what malady and for how long.
Operating within the broader area of fiction, he was to retain the cadenced
  precision of the poet.
The poet's chronic heart disease is a recurrent concern.
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