Definition of pantoum in English:

pantoum

(also pantun)

noun

  • A Malay verse form, also imitated in French and English, with a rhyme scheme abab:

    [count noun] ‘smart's the word for pantoums and haiku’
    [mass noun] ‘we could end as a line of pantoum’
    • ‘Their fourth exercise/poem was their choice of a form using repetition or refrain: a villanelle, rondeaux, traditional ghazal, glosa, sestina or pantoum.’
    • ‘One of the oldest forms of Sundanese literature still in existence is the pantun cerita.’
    • ‘His poetry is characterized by its openness to the vagaries of consciousness, its wry, beguiling lyricism, and its innovative use of forms such as the pantoum and the sestina.’
    • ‘Fascinated throughout his career by venerable poetic fixed forms such as the sonnet, the triolet, and the Malayan pantoum, Jouet chose to invent a new fixed form.’
    • ‘He prefers to make use of old verse forms like sonnets and pantun, a four-line stanza.’

Origin

Late 18th century: Malay pantun.

Pronunciation:

pantoum

/panˈtuːm/