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decasyllable

[ dek-uh-sil-uh-buhl ]

noun

  1. a word or line of verse of ten syllables.


decasyllable

/ ˌdɛkəsɪˈlæbɪk; ˈdɛkəˌsɪləbəl /

noun

  1. a word or line of verse consisting of ten syllables


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Derived Forms

  • decasyllabic, adjective

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Other Words From

  • non·deca·sylla·ble noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of decasyllable1

First recorded in 1830–40; deca- + syllable

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Example Sentences

Hitherto the decasyllable and the dodecasyllable had been used indiscriminately, and Ronsard's Franciade is written in the former.

The shorter length of the decasyllable line is not altogether a disadvantage to the translator.

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