prosody

noun
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

Other Words from prosody

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

Examples of prosody in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among my friends, at least my guy friends, a return to traditional prosody. Ben Lerner, The New York Review of Books, 23 July 2020 Among my friends, at least my guy friends, a return to traditional prosody. Ben Lerner, The New York Review of Books, 23 July 2020 What happens next is trickier to nail down: Higher cortical regions are thought to tease out features specifically relevant to speech — from phonemes to prosody — in a hierarchical sequence. Quanta Magazine, 21 Oct. 2021 Among my friends, at least my guy friends, a return to traditional prosody. Ben Lerner, The New York Review of Books, 23 July 2020 Among my friends, at least my guy friends, a return to traditional prosody. Ben Lerner, The New York Review of Books, 23 July 2020 Among my friends, at least my guy friends, a return to traditional prosody. Ben Lerner, The New York Review of Books, 23 July 2020 Among my friends, at least my guy friends, a return to traditional prosody. Ben Lerner, The New York Review of Books, 23 July 2020 With audio, the voice actor provides that information for you, so your brain is simply working to understand the prosody in your ears. Dan Seitz, Popular Science, 26 Jan. 2021 See More

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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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“Prosody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prosody. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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