Meaning of “poet” in the English Dictionary

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"poet" in British English

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poetnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpəʊ.ɪt/ us /ˈpoʊ.ət/

B1 a person who writes poems


  • Robert Burns is Scotland's most venerated poet.
  • Wordsworth is one of Britain's most famous poets.
  • symbolist poets
  • a minor poet of the 16th century
  • What do you think the poet is getting at in these lines?

Examples from literature

  • As British poet Dylan Thomas once said, “I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.” 
  • Built in 1600, the bridge got its name from Lord Byron, a famous 19th-century English poet. 

(Definition of “poet” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"poet" in American English

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poetnoun [ C ]

us /ˈpoʊ·ɪt/

literature someone who writes poems

(Definition of “poet” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)