alexandrine

noun, often capitalized
al·​ex·​an·​drine | \ ˌa-lig-ˈzan-ˌdrēn How to pronounce alexandrine (audio) , -drən, -ˌdrīn, ˌe- \

Definition of alexandrine

: a line of verse of 12 syllables consisting regularly of 6 iambs with a caesura after the third iamb

Other Words from alexandrine

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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First Known Use of alexandrine

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alexandrine

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

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“Alexandrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alexandrine. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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