tetrameter

noun
te·​tram·​e·​ter | \ te-ˈtra-mə-tər How to pronounce tetrameter (audio) \

Definition of tetrameter

: a line of verse consisting either of four dipodies (as in classical iambic, trochaic, and anapestic verse) or four metrical feet (as in modern English verse)

First Known Use of tetrameter

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tetrameter

Greek tetrametron, from neuter of tetrametros having four measures, from tetra- + metron measure — more at measure

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“Tetrameter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tetrameter. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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