Origin of Alexandrine1
Definition for alexandrine (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for alexandrine
I'd love to hear that voice of yours revving on some alexandrine verse.
Margie cowered down to the floor, and hid her face in the folds of Alexandrine's dress.
Alexandrine grasped the arm of Margie, and leaned heavily upon her.
Ever since Racine the one aim of the dramatist had been to make the Alexandrine run as monotonously as possible.A Short History of French Literature|George Saintsbury
British Dictionary definitions for alexandrine
Word Origin for Alexandrine
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).