hen·​deca·​syl·​lab·​ic (ˌ)hen-ˌde-kə-sə-ˈla-bik How to pronounce hendecasyllabic (audio)
: consisting of 11 syllables or composed of verses of 11 syllables
hendecasyllabic noun
hen-ˈde-kə-ˌsi-lə-bəl How to pronounce hendecasyllabic (audio)

Word History


Latin hendecasyllabus, from Greek hendeka eleven (from hen-, heis one + deka ten) + syllabē syllable — more at same, ten

First Known Use

1704, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hendecasyllabic was in 1704

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Cite this Entry

“Hendecasyllabic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hendecasyllabic. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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