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quadrisyllable

[kwod-ruh-sil-uh-buh l]
noun
  1. a word of four syllables.
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Origin of quadrisyllable

First recorded in 1650–60; quadri- + syllable
Related formsquad·ri·syl·lab·ic [kwod-ruh-si-lab-ik] /ˌkwɒd rə sɪˈlæb ɪk/, quad·ri·syl·lab·i·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for quadrisyllable

Historical Examples

  • Quadrisyllable endings are frequent in the metrically strict Claudian.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

    Ovid

  • For the quadrisyllable ending to the pentameter, see at ii 10 Alcinoo (p 164).

  • They are, in the way of metre, choriambics; and a choriambic is a quadrisyllable foot.

    Opuscula

    Robert Gordon Latham

  • But Alexandrides lengthens the word into a quadrisyllable, and calls it .

  • Quadrisyllable, kwod-ri-sil′a-bl n. a word consisting of four syllables.