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quatrain

[kwo-treyn] /ˈkwɒ treɪn/
noun
1.
a stanza or poem of four lines, usually with alternate rhymes.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < French, equivalent to quatre four (< Latin quattuor) + -ain < Latin -ānus -an
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quatrain

/ˈkwɒtreɪn/
noun
1.
a stanza or poem of four lines, esp one having alternate rhymes
Word Origin
C16: from French, from quatre four, from Latin quattuor
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Word Origin and History for quatrain
n.

1580s, from Middle French quatrain "four-line stanza" (16c.), from Old French quatre "four," from Latin quattuor "four" (see four).

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