pentameter

[ pen-tam-i-ter ]
/ pɛnˈtæm ɪ tər /
Prosody

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.

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Origin of pentameter

1540–50; <Latin pentametrus<Greek pentámetros.See penta-, meter2

OTHER WORDS FROM pentameter

pen·tam·e·trist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pentameter

pentameter
/ (pɛnˈtæmɪtə) /

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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