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

Examples of tetrameter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This task — writing a poem about a worm in anapestic tetrameter, a very specific and satisfyingly arcane poetic meter — is a challenging one, but ChatGPT was the clear winner, followed by a distant grouping of Bing then Bard. James Vincent, The Verge, 24 Mar. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tetrameter was in 1612

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“Tetrameter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tetrameter. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


te·​tram·​e·​ter te-ˈtram-ət-ər How to pronounce tetrameter (audio)
: a line of verse consisting of four metrical feet

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