internal rhyme

noun

: rhyme between a word within a line and another either at the end of the same line or within another line

Examples of internal rhyme in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joshua Bennett, an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College, praised Gorman’s ear for internal rhyme and alliteration. Malcolm Gay, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Jan. 2021 Hardy even adds an internal rhyme, thrush/thus, to ornament the terminal ones. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, 19 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of internal rhyme was in 1850

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“Internal rhyme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/internal%20rhyme. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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internal rhyme

noun
: a rhyme between a word within a line and another either at the end of the same line or within another line

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