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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 Venegas, meanwhile, said she was asked to join the song and write a response to Bad Bunny's verse on the song. Tomás Mier,, 5 Oct. 2021 Second verse same as the first for Sooners: Yet another Oklahoma team struggled with defense as the Sooners allowed 35 points and almost 400 yards of offense to an upset-minded Tulane Saturday. Matt Murschel,, 6 Sep. 2021 His label is working to generate more traction on Billboard's all-genre Hot 100 chart, where the song now sits at No. 5, with a new remix and verse featuring Kesha. Nancy Kruh,, 29 Sep. 2021 Verse after verse, the song unspooled, his face expressionless, his eyes fixed on the distance, every breath in that room his. Esther Freud, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 The rappers LL Cool J and Lil Dicky and, in a surprise cameo, Rita Wilson each took a verse and soon had the celebrity guests out of their seats and dancing. John Koblin, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2021 This book idea came to me as a refrain and my first drafts were all in rhyming verse., 17 Sep. 2021 Oladokun and Carlile each handle a verse, and all three harmonize on the chorus, as piano swells behind them. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2021 Max Greenfield, the Rex Harrison of this ad, talk-sings through a verse about CBS sitcoms. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 9 Sep. 2021

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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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13 Oct 2021

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“Verse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of verse

: writing in which words are arranged in a rhythmic pattern : poetry
: a part of a poem or song : stanza
: 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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