Simple Definition of pentameter
: a rhythm in poetry that has five stressed syllables in each line
Full Definition of pentameter
: a line of verse consisting of five metrical feet
Examples of pentameter
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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