ca·​dent ˈkā-dᵊnt How to pronounce cadent (audio)
archaic : being in the process of falling
with cadent tears fret channels in her cheeksWilliam Shakespeare
: having rhythmic cadence
his cadent voice

Examples of cadent in a Sentence

the song's cadent repetitions quickly became mesmerizing

Word History


borrowed from Latin cadent-, cadens, present participle of cadere "to fall" — more at chance entry 1

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cadent was in 1605

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Cite this Entry

“Cadent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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