pentameter

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noun pen·tam·e·ter \pen-ˈta-mə-tər\

Definition of pentameter

  1. :  a line of verse consisting of five metrical feet

Examples of pentameter in a sentence

  1. a poem written in iambic pentameter

Did You Know?

In a line of poetry written in perfect iambic pentameter, there are five unstressed syllables, each of which is followed by a stressed syllable. Each pair of syllables is a metrical foot called an iamb. Much of the greatest poetry in English has been written in iambic pentameter; Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton used it more than any other meter. Robert Frost's line "I'm going out to clean the pasture spring" is an example of it; his "And miles to go before I sleep" is instead an example of iambic tetrameter, with only four accented syllables.

Origin and Etymology of pentameter

Latin, from Greek pentametros having five metrical feet, from penta- + metron measure — more at measure


First Known Use: 1580


PENTAMETER Defined for English Language Learners

pentameter

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noun pen·tam·e·ter \pen-ˈta-mə-tər\

Definition of pentameter for English Language Learners

  • : a rhythm in poetry that has five stressed syllables in each line


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