• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Vers-de-societe (same as Society-verse; see under Sociable)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fers—L. versus, vorsus, a line, furrow, turning—vertĕre, to turn; influenced by O. Fr. vers.


In literature:

We trace it in the letters and vers de societe which were the pastime of the Hotel de Rambouillet and the Samedis of Mlle.
"The Women of the French Salons" by Amelia Gere Mason
These 'Metres by E.' composed a collection of soft and marvellously musical rhymes, of a nature known as the vers de societe.
"The Hand of Ethelberta" by Thomas Hardy
In 1873 his fugitive poems were published in a small volume entitled 'Vignettes in Rhyme' and 'Vers de Societe.
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various