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feminine rhyme

noun, Prosody.
a rhyme either of two syllables of which the second is unstressed (double rhyme) as in motion, notion, or of three syllables of which the second and third are unstressed (triple rhyme) as in fortunate, importunate.
Also called female rhyme.
Origin of feminine rhyme
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The three-foot line has naturally in most instances a masculine ending, but lines also occasionally occur with feminine rhyme.

  • To Thibaud is said to be due the introduction of the feminine rhyme into French poetry—a metrical variation of capital importance.

    French Classics William Cleaver Wilkinson
British Dictionary definitions for feminine rhyme

feminine rhyme

(prosody) a rhyme between words in which one, two, or more unstressed syllables follow a stressed one, as in elation, nation or merrily, verily Compare masculine rhyme
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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