pros·​o·​dy | \ ˈprä-sə-dē How to pronounce prosody (audio) , -zə- How to pronounce prosody (audio) \
plural prosodies

Definition of prosody

1 : the study of versification especially : the systematic study of metrical structure
2 : a particular system, theory, or style of versification
3 : the rhythmic and intonational aspect of language

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Other Words from prosody

prosodist \ ˈprä-​sə-​dist How to pronounce prosodist (audio) , -​zə-​ \ noun

Examples of prosody in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Verbal markers such as intonation, prosody, and emphasis are what allow Irony Man to imbue sarcasm into conversation. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "This Eye-Rolling Robot Understands Irony and Will Sass You Hard," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of prosody

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prosody

Middle English, from Latin prosodia accent of a syllable, from Greek prosōidia song sung to instrumental music, accent, from pros in addition to + ōidē song — more at pros-, ode

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The first known use of prosody was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Prosody.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of prosody

technical : the rhythm and pattern of sounds of poetry and language

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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