1. A writer of poems.
2. One who is especially gifted in the perception and expression of the beautiful or lyrical: "[He] was the bard of the bird feeder, the poet of the small and homey" (Bill McKibben).
[Middle English, from Old French poete, from Latin poēta, from Greek poiētēs, maker, composer, from poiein, to create; see kwei-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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