Word Origin 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 1400–50; late Middle English
tone or accent, modulation of voice, song sung to music, equivalent to
-ia -y 3 Related forms pro·sod·ic , [pr uh- sod-ik] /prəˈsɒd ɪk/ pro·sod·i·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prosodic 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 Derived Forms prosodic ( prəˈsɒdɪk), adjective prosodist, noun Word Origin
C15: from Latin
prosōdia accent of a syllable, from Greek prosōidia song set to music, from pros towards + ōidē, from aoidē song; see ode
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Word Origin and History for prosodic prosody n.
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.
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