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  1. Prosody. a verse of four feet.
  2. Classical Prosody. a line consisting of four dipodies in trochaic, iambic, or anapestic meter.
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  1. Prosody. consisting of four metrical feet.
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Origin of tetrameter

1605–15; < Latin tetrametrus < Greek tetrámetros having four measures. See tetra-, meter2
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Examples from the Web for tetrameter

Historical Examples

  • It is called a tetrameter, and consists of fifteen syllables (mostly —∪, called trochees).

    The Faust-Legend and Goethe's 'Faust'

    H. B. Cotterill

  • A tetrameter brachycatalectic in both sections may also be broken up either by leonine or by inserted rhyme.

  • In its highest order, the lyric or “ode,” it is a tetrameter, the line having the time of eight iambics.

    The Unknown Eros

    Coventry Patmore

  • The heptameter is usually divided into a tetrameter and a trimeter; the octameter, into two tetrameters.

    English: Composition and Literature

    W. F. (William Franklin) Webster

  • A stanza made up of tetrameter alternating with trimeter is very common.

    English: Composition and Literature

    W. F. (William Franklin) Webster

British Dictionary definitions for tetrameter


noun prosody
  1. a line of verse consisting of four metrical feet
  2. a verse composed of such lines
  3. (in classical prosody) a line of verse composed of four dipodies
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Word Origin and History for tetrameter


1610s, from Latin tetrametrus, from Greek tetrametron "verse of four measures," originally neuter of tetrametros (adj.) "having four measures," from tetra- "four" (see tetra-) + metron "measure" (see meter (n.2)).

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