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pentasyllable

[pen-tuh-sil-uh-buh l]
noun
  1. a word or line of verse of five syllables.
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Origin of pentasyllable

First recorded in 1810–20; penta- + syllable
Related formspen·ta·syl·lab·ic [pen-tuh-si-lab-ik] /ˌpɛn tə sɪˈlæb ɪk/, adjectivepen·ta·syl·la·bism, noun
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Examples from the Web for pentasyllabic

Historical Examples

  • A tetrasyllabic word has two accents when it stands at the beginning of a line, and a pentasyllabic word always.

    The Oxford Book of Latin Verse

    Various

  • Pentasyllabic, pen-ta-si-lab′ik, adj. having five syllables.

  • Pentasyllabic Verse: A verse of five syllables must have an accent on the fourth.

    Legends, Tales and Poems

    Gustavo Adolfo Becquer