[pen-tuh-sil-uh-buh l]


a word or line of verse of five syllables.

Nearby words

  1. pentastich,
  2. pentastome,
  3. pentastomid,
  4. pentastyle,
  5. pentastylos,
  6. pentateuch,
  7. pentathlete,
  8. pentathlon,
  9. pentatomic,
  10. pentatonic scale

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pentasyllable

  • Adonic verse is a pentasyllable with necessary accents on the first and fourth syllables.

    Legends, Tales and Poems|Gustavo Adolfo Becquer