spondee

noun

spon·​dee ˈspän-ˌdē How to pronounce spondee (audio)
: a metrical foot consisting of two long or stressed syllables
spondaic adjective or noun

Word History

Etymology

Middle English sponde, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French spondee, from Latin spondeum, from Greek spondeios, from spondeios of a libation, from spondē libation, from spendein to make a libation; from its use in music accompanying libations — more at spouse

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spondee was in the 14th century

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“Spondee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spondee. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

spondee

noun
spon·​dee ˈspän-ˌdē How to pronounce spondee (audio)
: a metrical foot consisting of two accented syllables (as in tom-tom)
spondaic adjective

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