polysyllable

[pol-ee-sil-uh-buh l, pol-ee-sil-]

Origin of polysyllable

First recorded in 1560–70; poly- + syllable
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British Dictionary definitions for polysyllable

polysyllable

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

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

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