mul·​ti·​syl·​lab·​ic ˌməl-tē-sə-ˈla-bik How to pronounce multisyllabic (audio)
: having more than one and usually more than three syllables : polysyllabic
a multisyllabic word

Examples of multisyllabic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His multisyllabic rhyme schemes took verses to a level beyond what was currently in the marketplace at the time. Daniel Kohn, Spin, 28 Aug. 2023 For most of us, tackling multisyllabic Greek grape names — like Agiorgitiko, Thrapsathiri, and Xinomavro — takes practice. Ellen Bhang,, 11 July 2023 Why those fancy, multisyllabic words? Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 7 Oct. 2020 Takeoff raps with a smooth demeanor, fitting the multisyllabic verse in the tight 10-second pocket. Josh Svetz, Billboard, 2 Nov. 2022 The formula was packaged in primary colors and had a list of multisyllabic ingredients on the back: cholecalciferol, cyanocobalamin. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, 6 Sep. 2022 There’s something about the irrational grudges, passions and furies of the gods and the grim fates thus faced by scores of multisyllabic heroes and heroines that help make the brutal absurdity of everyday life feel reassuringly traditional. Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2021 Reading pens are particularly helpful for reading handwritten material not available through programs like Bookshare or for mild dyslexics who struggle with multisyllabic words but don’t need all text read out loud. Suzie Glassman, Wired, 16 Oct. 2021 His wordplay is its own sort of quicksand, shiftily multisyllabic and crowded by entendre. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 17 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of multisyllabic was in 1847

Dictionary Entries Near multisyllabic

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“Multisyllabic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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