homoeoteleuton

noun
ho·​moeo·​te·​leu·​ton
plural -s

Definition of homoeoteleuton

: an occurrence in writing of the same or similar endings near together (as in neighboring clauses or lines) whether happening by chance or done for rhythmical effect homoeoteleuton is a frequent cause of omissions in copying

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for homoeoteleuton

Late Latin, from Greek homoioteleuton, from neuter of homoioteleutos

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about homoeoteleuton

Statistics for homoeoteleuton

Cite this Entry

“Homoeoteleuton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homoeoteleuton. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

Comments on homoeoteleuton

What made you want to look up homoeoteleuton? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Here Be Dragons: A Creature Identification Quiz

  • monster werewolf photo
  • Which is a synonym of werewolf?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!