- (often lowercase) a verse or line of poetry of twelve syllables.
- (often lowercase) of or relating to such a verse or line.
Origin of Alexandrine1
- of or relating to Alexandria, Egypt.
Origin of Alexandrine2
Examples from the Web for alexandrine
I'd love to hear that voice of yours revving on some alexandrine verse.Kathleen Turner's New Broadway High
April 17, 2011
But at this time Trypho, the Alexandrine architect, was there.Ten Books on Architecture
And Alexandrine did think of a way, but what it was must be told in the next chapter.The Red Romance Book
This Alexandrine is not common, and is probably a mere oversight.A History of English Literature
This beautiful maiden was Alexandrine Flicie Villeminot, an orphan.Ole Bull
Sara C. Bull
Our Iambic in its sixth form, is commonly called the Alexandrine measure.The Comic English Grammar
- a line of verse having six iambic feet, usually with a caesura after the third foot
- of, characterized by, or written in Alexandrines
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).