tro·​chee | \ ˈtrō-(ˌ)kē How to pronounce trochee (audio) \

Definition of trochee

: a metrical foot consisting of one long syllable followed by one short syllable or of one stressed syllable followed by one unstressed syllable (as in apple)

Examples of trochee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ode to Julia Morgan 1872-1957, the first woman licensed to practice architecture in California The trochees of our names have drawn rectangles below the blue vaults of the swimming pool. David Roderick, San Francisco Chronicle, "State Lines: Kathy Fagan’s ‘Ode to Julia Morgan’," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of trochee

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trochee

probably from Middle French trochée, from Latin trochaeus, from Greek trochaios, from trochaios running, from trochē run, course, from trechein to run; akin to Greek trochos wheel, Old Irish droch

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“Trochee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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