quatrain

quatrain

[kwo-treyn]
noun
a stanza or poem of four lines, usually with alternate rhymes.

Origin:
1575–85; < French, equivalent to quatre four (< Latin quattuor) + -ain < Latin -ānus -an

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quatrain (ˈkwɒtreɪn)
 
n
a stanza or poem of four lines, esp one having alternate rhymes
 
[C16: from French, from quatre four, from Latin quattuor]

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quatrain
1585, from M.Fr. quatrain "four-line stanza," from O.Fr. quatre "four," from L. quattuor "four" (see four).
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