[ spon-dee ]
/ ˈspɒn di /

noun Prosody.

a foot of two syllables, both of which are long in quantitative meter or stressed in accentual meter. Symbol:

Origin of spondee

1350–1400; Middle English sponde < Latin spondēus < Greek spondeîos, derivative of spondḗ libation
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British Dictionary definitions for spondee

/ (ˈspɒndiː) /


prosody a metrical foot consisting of two long syllables (– –)

Word Origin for spondee

C14: from Old French spondée, from Latin spondēus, from Greek spondeios, from spondē a ritual libation; from the use of spondee in the music that characteristically accompanied such ceremonies
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Medicine definitions for spondee

[ spŏndē′ ]


A word or metrical foot having two equally stressed syllables, used in testing speech and hearing.
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