Dictionary

prosody

noun pros·o·dy \ˈprä-sə-dē, -zə-\

: the rhythm and pattern of sounds of poetry and language

plural pros·o·dies

Full Definition of PROSODY

1
:  the study of versification; especially :  the systematic study of metrical structure
2
:  a particular system, theory, or style of versification
3
:  the rhythmic and intonational aspect of language
pros·o·dist \-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

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: prosogasterPrevious Word in the Dictionary: prosodusAll Words Near: prosody
April 25, 2015
lissome Hear it
nimble or easily flexed
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears