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.

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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