rhyme royal

noun

rhyme roy·​al -ˈrȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce rhyme royal (audio)
: a stanza of seven lines in iambic pentameter with a rhyme scheme of ababbcc

Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rhyme royal was in 1827

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“Rhyme royal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhyme%20royal. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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