EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a line of verse consisting of five metrical feet. Also called elegiac pentameter. . Classical Prosody a verse consisting of two dactyls, one long syllable, two more dactyls, and another long syllable. unrhymed verse of five iambic feet; heroic verse. adjective consisting of five metrical feet. Origin of pentameter 1540–50;
meter 2 Related forms pen·tam·e·trist, noun
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Examples from the Web for pentameter Historical Examples of pentameter British Dictionary definitions for pentameter noun a verse line consisting of five metrical feet (in classical prosody) a verse line consisting of two dactyls, one stressed syllable, two dactyls, and a final stressed syllable adjective designating a verse line consisting of five metrical feet
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Word Origin and History for pentameter adj.
1540s, from Middle French
pentametre, from Latin pentameter, from Greek pentametros (adj.) "having five measures," from pente "five" (see five) + metron "meter" (see meter (n.2)). As a noun from 1580s.
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