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prosody

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noun pros·o·dy \ˈprä-sə-dē, -zə-\

Simple Definition of prosody

  • : the rhythm and pattern of sounds of poetry and language

Full Definition of prosody

plural pros·o·dies

  1. 1 :  the study of versification; especially :  the systematic study of metrical structure

  2. 2 :  a particular system, theory, or style of versification

  3. 3 :  the rhythmic and intonational aspect of language

pros·o·dist play \-dist\ noun

Origin of prosody

Middle English, from Latin prosodia accent of a syllable, from Greek prosōidia song sung to instrumental music, accent, from pros in addition to + ōidē song — more at pros-, ode


First Known Use: 15th century


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