Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.

iambic pentameter


a common meter in poetry consisting of an unrhymed line with five feet or accents, each foot containing an unaccented syllable and an accented syllable

Word Origin

French iambique 'of a foot or verse' and Greek pentameter 'measure of five''s 21st Century Lexicon
Copyright © 2003-2014, LLC
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for iambic pentameter
Contemporary Examples
  • The lovers speak entirely in iambic pentameter, which works much better than it should.

    Jude Law in Drag Caryn James September 23, 2009
Historical Examples
iambic pentameter in Culture
iambic pentameter [(eye-am-bik pen-tam-uh-tuhr)]

The most common meter in English verse. It consists of a line ten syllables long that is accented on every second beat (see blank verse). These lines in iambic pentameter are from The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare:

Ĭn sóoth,/Ĭ knów/nŏt whý/Ĭ ám/sŏ sád.
Ĭt wéa/riěs mé;/yŏu sáy/ĭt wéa/riěs yóu....
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for iambic pentameter

Word Value for iambic

Scrabble Words With Friends