alcaic

adjective, often capitalized
al·​ca·​ic | \ al-ˈkā-ik How to pronounce alcaic (audio) \

Definition of alcaic

: relating to or written in a verse or strophe marked by complicated variation of a dominant iambic pattern

Other Words from alcaic

alcaic noun, often capitalized

First Known Use of alcaic

1631, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alcaic

Late Latin Alcaicus of Alcaeus, from Greek Alkaïkos, from Alkaios Alcaeus, flourished about 600 b.c. Greek poet

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about alcaic

Time Traveler for alcaic

Time Traveler

The first known use of alcaic was in 1631

See more words from the same year

Statistics for alcaic

Cite this Entry

“Alcaic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alcaic. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on alcaic

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about alcaic

Comments on alcaic

What made you want to look up alcaic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!