dodecasyllable

[ doh-dek-uh-sil-uh-buh l, doh-dek- ]
/ doʊˌdɛk əˈsɪl ə bəl, ˌdoʊ dɛk- /
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noun

a word or line of verse containing 12 syllables.

Nearby words

  1. dodecaphonic,
  2. dodecaphonism,
  3. dodecastyle,
  4. dodecastylos,
  5. dodecasyllabic,
  6. dodecyl aldehyde,
  7. dodecylphenol,
  8. dodge,
  9. dodge ball,
  10. dodge city

Origin of dodecasyllable

First recorded in 1745–55; dodeca- + syllable

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Examples from the Web for dodecasyllable

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

  • This dodecasyllable has a short metrical pause after the sixth syllable, and a longer one after the twelfth.

    Legends, Tales and Poems|Gustavo Adolfo Becquer


British Dictionary definitions for dodecasyllable

dodecasyllable

/ (ˌdəʊdɛkəˈsɪləbəl) /

noun

prosody a line of twelve syllables
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