- the science or study of poetic meters and versification.
- a particular or distinctive system of metrics and versification: Milton's prosody.
- Linguistics. the stress and intonation patterns of an utterance.
Origin of prosody
- the study of poetic metre and of the art of versification, including rhyme, stanzaic forms, and the quantity and stress of syllables
- a system of versification
- the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
Word Origin for prosody
late 15c., from Latin prosodia "accent of a syllable," from Greek prosoidia "song sung to music," also "accent, modulation," literally "a singing in addition to," from pros "to, forward, near" + oide "song, poem" (see ode). Related: Prosodiacal; prosodist.