having ten syllables: a decasyllabic verse.

Origin of decasyllabic

1765–75; deca- + syllabic; compare French décasyllabique
Related formsnon·dec·a·syl·lab·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of decasyllabic

  • All these poems are written in decasyllabic rhymed verse, with varied arrangement of the rhymes.

  • The decasyllabic line was an old measure; so was the seven-line stanza, both in Provençal and French.

  • The whole ten eclogues did not find a translator till 1656, when Thomas Harvey published a version in decasyllabic couplets.

  • This is no less true of the decasyllabic verse, when compared with the full sonority of Lycidas, than of the shorter measures.

  • The importance of this matter in the history of English decasyllabic verse will appear in Part Two.

    English Verse

    Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.