Definition of sestet in English:

sestet

noun

  • 1Prosody
    The last six lines of a sonnet.

    • ‘The beginning octave of this sonnet fits poorly with the sestet.’
    • ‘Or as Grafton puts it, in rhyming sestets, the footnote has the power to ‘buttress and undermine, at one and the same time’.’
    • ‘In the sestet we hear his revealingly equivocal reply to the proffered charge of aloofness.’
  • 2Music
    rare A sextet.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Italian sestetto, from sesto, from Latin sextus a sixth.

Pronunciation:

sestet

/sɛsˈtɛt/