- a unit of two lines of verse, usually a self-contained statement; couplet.
- a rhyming couplet.
Origin of distich
1545–55; < Latin distichon, noun use of neuter of Greek dístichos having two lines, equivalent to di- di-1 + stíchos row
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Examples from the Web for distich
A war is undertaken for an epigram or a distich, as in Europe for a duchy.Rubiyt of Omar Khayym and Salmn and Absl
Omar Khayym and Ralph Waldo Emerson
In this distich is another line of which Pope was not the author.The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes
He is said to have got more by this distich than Mr. Dryden did by all his works.Isaac Bickerstaff
Well, if had any curiosity, it would be to see the poor author of the distich.Ten Years Later
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
The asyndeton in this distich is odd, given the preceding series of connectives.
- prosody a unit of two verse lines, usually a couplet
C16: from Greek distikhos having two lines, from di- 1 + stikhos stich