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[en-jam-muh nt, -jamb-]
noun, plural en·jamb·ments [en-jam-muh nts, -jamb-] /ɛnˈdʒæm mənts, -ˈdʒæmb-/. Prosody.
  1. the running on of the thought from one line, couplet, or stanza to the next without a syntactical break.
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Origin of enjambment

1830–40; < French enjambement, equivalent to enjamb(er) to stride over, project, encroach (en- en-1 + -jamber, derivative of jambe leg; see jamb1) + -ment -ment
Related formsen·jambed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • All are written in mixed blank and rhymed verse, much interlaced and "enjambed."

    A History of English Literature

    George Saintsbury

British Dictionary definitions for enjambed



  1. prosody the running over of a sentence from one line of verse into the next
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Derived Formsenjambed, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from French, literally: a straddling, from enjamber to straddle, from en- 1 + jambe leg; see jamb
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Word Origin and History for enjambed



also enjambement, 1837, from French enjambement or from enjamb (c.1600), from French enjamber "to stride over," from en- (see en- (1)) + jambe "leg" (see jamb).

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