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poet

[poh-it] /ˈpoʊ ɪt/
noun
1.
a person who composes poetry.
2.
a person who has the gift of poetic thought, imagination, and creation, together with eloquence of expression.
Origin
1250-1300
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
Related forms
poetless, adjective
poetlike, adjective
nonpoet, noun
Synonyms
1. versifier, bard.
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  • They continue the speculative tradition of some rigvedic poets.
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  • Jpg the book of gems from the poets and artists of great britain.
  • Different regional languages also have produced some prominent poets and authors.
British Dictionary definitions for poets

poet

/ˈpəʊɪt/
noun
1.
a person who writes poetry
2.
a person with great imagination and creativity
Word Origin
C13: from Latin poēta, from Greek poiētēs maker, poet, from poiein to make
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Word Origin and History for poets

poet

n.

early 14c., "a poet, a singer" (c.1200 as a surname), from Old French poete (12c., Modern French poète) and directly from Latin poeta "a poet," from Greek poetes "maker, author, poet," variant of poietes, from poein, poiein "to make, create, compose," from PIE *kwoiwo- "making," from root *kwei- "to pile up, build, make" (cf. Sanskrit cinoti "heaping up, piling up," Old Church Slavonic činu "act, deed, order").

Replaced Old English scop (which survives in scoff). Used in 14c., as in classical languages, for all sorts of writers or composers of works of literature. Poète maudit, "a poet insufficiently appreciated by his contemporaries," literally "cursed poet," attested by 1930, from French (1884, Verlaine). For poet laureate see laureate.

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