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[pol-ee-sil-uh-buh l, pol-ee-sil-]
  1. a polysyllabic word.
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Origin of polysyllable

First recorded in 1560–70; poly- + syllable
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Examples from the Web for polysyllable

Historical Examples

  • (crossing herself with superstitious awe at the polysyllable).

    The Cloister and the Hearth

    Charles Reade

  • Yes, it is a polysyllable'—as, indeed, he had added an unnecessary syllable.

    The Young Step-Mother

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Polysyllable, pol′i-sil-a-bl, n. a word of many or of more than three syllables.

British Dictionary definitions for polysyllable


  1. a word consisting of more than two syllables
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Word Origin and History for polysyllable


1560s; see poly- + syllable. As a rule, a word of more than three syllables.

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