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 prosodist (audio) , -​zə-​ \ noun

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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English Language Learners Definition of prosody

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

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