having or marked by a rhythmical cadence: the cadenced steps of marching troops.

Origin of cadenced

First recorded in 1780–90; cadence + -ed3
Related formsnon·ca·denced, adjectiveun·ca·denced, adjective



noun Also cadency.

rhythmic flow of a sequence of sounds or words: the cadence of language.
(in free verse) a rhythmic pattern that is nonmetrically structured.
the beat, rate, or measure of any rhythmic movement: The chorus line danced in rapid cadence.
the flow or rhythm of events, especially the pattern in which something is experienced: the frenetic cadence of modern life.
a slight falling in pitch of the voice in speaking or reading, as at the end of a declarative sentence.
the general modulation of the voice.
Music. a sequence of notes or chords that indicates the momentary or complete end of a composition, section, phrase, etc.

verb (used with object), ca·denced, ca·denc·ing.

to make rhythmical.

Origin of cadence

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Italian cadenza; see cadenza

Synonyms for cadence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cadenced

measured, metrical, rhythmic, cadent, metric

Examples from the Web for cadenced

Historical Examples of cadenced

  • Verses, rhymes, lines metrical and cadenced—those are my dissipation.


    Booth Tarkington

  • A volume of poems, lines metrical and cadenced; something by a sound Victorian.


    Booth Tarkington

  • While still very young, he has often cadenced their steps to the chords of his piano.

    Life of Chopin

    Franz Liszt

  • A few minutes in cadenced marching and then the command, “Rout step–March!”

    Aces Up

    Covington Clarke

  • A voice—the soft, cadenced voice of the negro—addressed him.

British Dictionary definitions for cadenced



noun plural -dences or -dencies

the beat or measure of something rhythmic
a fall in the pitch of the voice, as at the end of a sentence
modulation of the voice; intonation
a rhythm or rhythmic construction in verse or prose; measure
the close of a musical phrase or section

Word Origin for cadence

C14: from Old French, from Old Italian cadenza, literally: a falling, from Latin cadere to fall
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Word Origin and History for cadenced



late 14c., "flow of rhythm in verse or music," from Middle French cadence, from Old Italian cadenza "conclusion of a movement in music," literally "a falling," from Vulgar Latin *cadentia, from neuter plural of Latin cadens, present participle of cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)). In 16c., sometimes used literally for "an act of falling." A doublet of chance (n.).

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