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pentameter

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noun pen·tam·e·ter \pen-ˈta-mə-tər\

Simple Definition of pentameter

  • : a rhythm in poetry that has five stressed syllables in each line

Full Definition of pentameter

  1. :  a line of verse consisting of five metrical feet

Examples of pentameter

  1. a poem written in iambic pentameter



Origin of pentameter

Latin, from Greek pentametros having five metrical feet, from penta- + metron measure — more at measure


First Known Use: 1580


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