[ en-jam-muh nt, -jamb- ]
/ ɛnˈdʒæm mənt, -ˈdʒæmb- /

noun, plural en·jamb·ments [en-jam-muh nts, -jamb-] /ɛnˈdʒæm mənts, -ˈdʒæmb-/. Prosody.

the running on of the thought from one line, couplet, or stanza to the next without a syntactical break.

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 forms

en·jambed, adjective
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/ (ɪnˈdʒæmmənt, French ɑ̃ʒɑ̃bmɑ̃) /


prosody the running over of a sentence from one line of verse into the next

Derived Forms

enjambed, adjective

Word Origin for enjambment

C19: from French, literally: a straddling, from enjamber to straddle, from en- 1 + jambe leg; see jamb
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