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Definition of verse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a line of metrical writing
2a(1) : metrical language
(2) : metrical writing distinguished from poetry especially by its lower level of intensity
b : poem
c : a body of metrical writing (as of a period or country)
4 : one of the short divisions into which a chapter of the Bible is traditionally divided


versed; versing

Definition of verse (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make verse : versify

transitive verb

1 : to tell or celebrate in verse
2 : to turn into verse

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Synonyms for verse

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of verse in a Sentence

Noun The epic tale was written in verse. The second verse is sung the same way as the first.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But with every passing episode, a mysterious Marvel-verse reality begins to bleed into the frame — suggesting there’s something happening in this narrative beyond the fun, retro flashbacks. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "Marvel’s WandaVision Is a Time-Traveling Delight," 14 Jan. 2021 The show will also be streamed live on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, and AT&T DirectTV and U-verse. Diti Kohli,, "Tom Hanks brings star power to Inauguration Day special," 13 Jan. 2021 And as many in the UConn Twitter-verse noted, there was no reason to apologize. Dom Amore,, "R.J. Cole stands tall despite missed free throws, and other takeaways from UConn’s OT loss to Creighton," 21 Dec. 2020 Since then, she's released four more books in the ever-expanding world her fans have dubbed the Guillory-verse. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "See the cover for Jasmine Guillory's next rom-com, While We Were Dating," 15 Dec. 2020 Ernesto Cardenal, 95, a renowned poet and Roman Catholic cleric who became a symbol of revolutionary verse in Nicaragua and across Latin America. David Crary, ajc, "Religious leaders worldwide, across faiths who died in 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 Waits’ saloon ballad original is great, but Neko Case’s cover, with churchy organ accompaniment, brings new dimensions to the story and its twist in the final verse. Jody Rosen, Los Angeles Times, "The 50 best Christmas songs of the last 50 years," 14 Dec. 2020 The renowned poet and Roman Catholic cleric who became a symbol of revolutionary verse in Nicaragua and across Latin America, and whose suspension from the priesthood by St. John Paul II lasted over three decades. Anchorage Daily News, "Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020," 8 Dec. 2020 For this project, American musicians learn a verse of Rumi in Persian and put it to music and record an Instagram video. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Ari Honarvar," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of verse


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for verse


Middle English vers, fers, in part borrowed from Anglo-French vers, verse in part going back to Old English fers, both borrowed from Latin versus "furrow, measure of land, row, line, line of writing, line of metrical writing," action noun derived from vertere "to cause to turn, rotate," — more at worth entry 1


Middle English versen, in part verbal derivative of vers, fers verse entry 1 in part going back to Old English fersian "to versify," verbal derivative of fers verse entry 1

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The first known use of verse was before the 12th century

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22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Verse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of verse

: writing in which words are arranged in a rhythmic pattern
: a part of a poem or song
: one of the parts of a chapter of the Bible


\ ˈvərs How to pronounce verse (audio) \

Kids Definition of verse

1 : a portion of a poem or song : stanza
2 : writing in which words are arranged in a rhythmic pattern
3 : one of the short parts of a chapter in the Bible

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