oc·​to·​syl·​lab·​ic ˌäk-tə-sə-ˈla-bik How to pronounce octosyllabic (audio)
: consisting of eight syllables
: composed of verses of eight syllables
octosyllabic noun

Examples of octosyllabic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Written around 1200, the original poem was composed, like Old French romances, in octosyllabic rhymed couplets. Tom Shippey, WSJ, 24 June 2022

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Word History


Late Latin octosyllabus, from Greek oktasyllabos, from okta- octa- + syllabē syllable

First Known Use

circa 1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of octosyllabic was circa 1771

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“Octosyllabic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octosyllabic. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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