Definition of rhyme scheme in English:

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rhyme scheme

Pronunciation: /ˈrīm ˌskēm/


The ordered pattern of rhymes at the ends of the lines of a poem or verse.
Example sentences
  • With a traditional ballad you may notice the rhyme scheme or alliteration.
  • It has a Donne-like stanza, with lines of irregular length and an invented rhyme scheme, Donne's colloquial diction, his abruptness of entry, and his subject, ambivalence about departure.
  • Instead of a rhyme scheme, the words at line end in the first stanza recur according to a preordained arrangement in the subsequent sexains and in the envoy.

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Syllabification: rhyme scheme

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