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[dek-uh-sil-uh-buh l]
  1. a word or line of verse of ten syllables.
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Origin of decasyllable

First recorded in 1830–40; deca- + syllable
Related formsnon·dec·a·syl·la·ble, noun
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Examples from the Web for decasyllable

Historical Examples

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

    A Short History of French Literature

    George Saintsbury

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

British Dictionary definitions for decasyllable


  1. a word or line of verse consisting of ten syllables
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Derived Formsdecasyllabic (ˌdɛkəsɪˈlæbɪk), adjective
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