Petrarchan [pi-trahr-kuh n] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN adjective Also Pe·trar·chi·an [pi-trahr-kee-uh n] /pɪˈtrɑr ki ən/. of, relating to, or characteristic of the works of Petrarch. characteristic or imitative of the style of Petrarch. noun Petrarchist.

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  • Origin of Petrarchan First recorded in 1820–30; Petrarch + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for petrarchan Historical Examples of petrarchan

  • As a result they introduced the Sonnet of the Petrarchan type into England.

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  • Livia Chiavello, of Fabriano, was celebrated as one of the most brilliant representatives of the Petrarchan school.

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  • The form generally used by poets writing in English is what is called the Petrarchan sonnet.

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  • This of course was Shakespeare’s method, but Shakespeare, as we have seen, was not making Petrarchan sonnets.

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  • Word Origin and History for petrarchan Petrarchan adj.

    1827 (Keats uses Petrarchal, 1818), from Francesco Petrarch (Italian Petrarca) the poet (1304-1374).

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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