al·​ex·​an·​drine ˌa-lig-ˈzan-ˌdrēn How to pronounce alexandrine (audio)
often capitalized
: a line of verse of 12 syllables consisting regularly of 6 iambs with a caesura after the third iamb
alexandrine adjective

Examples of alexandrine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The score is Michel Legrand's finest, with various jazz elements, lyrics in alexandrines by Demy, and intricately structured reprises that match the poetic, crisscrossing plot. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, 16 Feb. 2018

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Word History


French alexandrin, adjective, from Alexandre Alexander the Great; from its use in a poem on Alexander

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alexandrine was in 1589

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“Alexandrine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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