en·​jamb·​ment in-ˈjam-mənt How to pronounce enjambment (audio)
variants or less commonly enjambement
in-ˈjam-mənt How to pronounce enjambment (audio)
: the running over of a sentence from one verse or couplet into another so that closely related words fall in different lines compare run-on

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Each enjambment creates a lively imbalance, nudging us into the next line. Brad Leithauser, WSJ, 11 Feb. 2022 Her book works because her blank verse, with its seemingly unstudied enjambments, is supple yet pared down. Dwight Garner, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2017

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Word History


French enjambement, from Middle French, encroachment, from enjamber to straddle, encroach on, from en- + jambe leg — more at jamb

First Known Use

circa 1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of enjambment was circa 1839

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“Enjambment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enjambment. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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