iamb

play
noun \ˈī-ˌam(b)\

Definition of iamb

plural

iambs

play \ˈī-ˌamz\ or

iambuses

  1. :  a metrical foot consisting of one short syllable followed by one long syllable or of one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable (as in above)

iambic

play \ī-ˈam-bik\ adjective or noun

Variants of iamb

or

iambus

play \ī-ˈam-bəs\

Origin and Etymology of iamb

Latin iambus, from Greek iambos


First Known Use: 1586


IAMB Defined for English Language Learners

iamb

play
noun \ˈī-ˌam(b)\

Definition of iamb for English Language Learners

  • : a unit of rhythm in poetry that consists of one syllable that is not accented or stressed followed by one syllable that is accented or stressed (as in the words away or above )


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