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[al-ig-zan-drin, -dreen, -zahn-]Prosody
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  1. (often lowercase) a verse or line of poetry of twelve syllables.
  1. (often lowercase) of or relating to such a verse or line.

Origin of Alexandrine1

1580–90; < Middle French alexandrin, after Alexandre, from the use of this meter in an Old French poem on Alexander the Great; see -ine1


[al-ig-zan-drin, -dreen, -zahn-]
  1. of or relating to Alexandria, Egypt.

Origin of Alexandrine2

First recorded in 1490–1500; Alexandr(ia) + -ine1
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  1. a line of verse having six iambic feet, usually with a caesura after the third foot
  1. of, characterized by, or written in Alexandrines

Word Origin

C16: from French alexandrin, from Alexandre, title of 15th-century poem written in this metre
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Word Origin and History for alexandrine


in reference to a type of verse line, 1580s (adj.); 1660s (n.), said to be from Old French Roman d'Alexandre, name of a poem about Alexander the Great that was popular in the Middle Ages, which used a 12-syllable line of 6 feet (the French heroic verse); it was used in English to vary the heroic verse of 5 feet. The name also sometimes is said to be from Alexandre de Paris, 13c. French poet, who used such a line (and who also wrote one of the popular Alexander the Great poems).

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