poly·​syl·​la·​ble ˈpä-lē-ˌsi-lə-bəl How to pronounce polysyllable (audio)
: a polysyllabic word

Word History


modification of Medieval Latin polysyllaba, from feminine of polysyllabus

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of polysyllable was in 1570

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“Polysyllable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polysyllable. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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