spon·​dee | \ ˈspän-ˌdē How to pronounce spondee (audio) \

Definition of spondee

: a metrical foot consisting of two long or stressed syllables

Other Words from spondee

spondaic \ spän-​ˈdā-​ik How to pronounce spondaic (audio) \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of spondee

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spondee

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

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“Spondee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spondee. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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