Definition of cinquain in English:

cinquain

noun

  • (in verse) a five-line stanza.

    • ‘Once my students achieved success with these tasks, I would surprise them by reading aloud samples of haiku, as well as other formula verse, such as tanka and cinquain.’
    • ‘Write a poem in cinquain or diamante format.’
    • ‘Both free verse and rhymed poetry styles are studied, including cinquain, haiku, tanka, rhopalic, echo and refrain poems, acrostics, alphabet and dictionary poems.’
    • ‘New kinds of poetry need to be explored by pupils, such as in the writing of diamantes and cinquains.’

Origin

Late 19th century: French, from cinq five.

Pronunciation:

cinquain

/siNGˈkān/