One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The last six lines of a sonnet.
- ‘In the sestet we hear his revealingly equivocal reply to the proffered charge of aloofness.’
- ‘Or as Grafton puts it, in rhyming sestets, the footnote has the power to ‘buttress and undermine, at one and the same time’.’
- ‘The beginning octave of this sonnet fits poorly with the sestet.’
- 1.1Music rare A sextet.
Early 19th century: from Italian sestetto, from sesto, from Latin sextus ‘a sixth’.
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