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iambus Syllabification: i·am·bus
Pronunciation: /īˈambəs/

Definition of iambus in English:

noun (plural iambuses or iambi-bī)

Another term for iamb.
Example sentences
  • Of the five kinds of feet illustrated here, the iambus is by far the most often used in English verse; the spondee is the rarest.
  • The metre throughout is iambic tetrameter, alternating with trimeter - in other words, lines of four iambuses alternate with lines of three.
  • They consist of a collection of seventeen poems in different versions of the iambus, the metre traditionally associated with lampoon.


Late 16th century: Latin, from Greek iambos 'iambus, lampoon', from iaptein 'attack verbally' (because the iambic trimeter was first used by Greek satirists).

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