- 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
Examples from the Web for prosody
Historical Examples of prosody
You are under no earthly obligation to Messrs. Syntax and Prosody.The Emigrants Of Ahadarra
Prosody, the song of angels, and no earthly or inglorious theme.Retrospection and Introspection
Mary Baker Eddy
Besides, there are a great many lines to be considered in the second part of Prosody, which treats of Versification.
As there is in Arithmetic a long division and a short division, so in Prosody is Quantity considered as long or short.
However—the Prosody and Serpent lectures are just finishing off and then I shall come to see you in the morning!Hortus Inclusus
- 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.