Definition of sextain in US English:

sextain

noun

  • In early use: = "sestina". Later also more generally: any stanza or poem consisting of six lines.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Drummond (1585–1649), poet and pamphleteer. Alteration of sextine, after quatrain, quintain, etc. Compare earlier sixain.

Pronunciation

sextain

/ˈsɛksteɪn/