poet [poet poets] BrE [ˈpəʊɪt]
NAmE [ˈpoʊət]
a person who writes poems
Word Origin:
Middle English: from Old French poete, via Latin from Greek poētēs, variant of poiētēs ‘maker, poet’, from poiein ‘create’.
Example Bank:
These river banks have inspired poets for many centuries.
the foremost poet of his generation
She wrote with the freedom characteristic of the other modernist poets.
the Romantic poets

WordNet Dictionary:
a writer of poems (the term is usually reserved for writers of good poetry)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.One skilled in making poetry; one who has a particular genius for metrical composition; the author of a poem; an imaginative thinker or writer.
The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven.
A poet is a maker, as the word signifies.
Poet laureate
See under Laureate.

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