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  1. the science or study of poetic meters and versification.
  2. a particular or distinctive system of metrics and versification: Milton's prosody.
  3. Linguistics. the stress and intonation patterns of an utterance.

Origin of prosody

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin prosōdia < Greek prosōidía tone or accent, modulation of voice, song sung to music, equivalent to prós toward + ōid(ḗ) ode + -ia -y3
Related formspro·sod·ic [pruh-sod-ik] /prəˈsɒd ɪk/, pro·sod·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for prosody

poem, poetry, metrics

Examples from the Web for prosody

Historical Examples of prosody

  • You are under no earthly obligation to Messrs. Syntax and Prosody.

  • Prosody, the song of angels, and no earthly or inglorious theme.

  • 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

    John Ruskin

British Dictionary definitions for prosody


  1. the study of poetic metre and of the art of versification, including rhyme, stanzaic forms, and the quantity and stress of syllables
  2. a system of versification
  3. the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
Derived Formsprosodic (prəˈsɒdɪk), adjectiveprosodist, noun

Word Origin for prosody

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 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.

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