Definition of senarius in English:


Syllabification: se·nar·ius
Pronunciation: /səˈnerēəs

noun (plural senarii /-ˈne(ə)rēˌī, -ˈne(ə)rēˌē/)

A Latin verse of six iambic feet.
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  • His fables, written in iambic senarii, consist of beast-tales based largely on ‘Aesop’, as well as jokes and instructive stories taken not only from Hellenistic collections but also from his own personal experience.
  • Preserving the iambic senarii proved too restrictive, so I switched to a vaguely anapaestic waltz rhythm and made up a tune that allowed our singer to put a comic pause, if she wished, before the final syllables at the end of each line.
  • In the tragic senarius the divisions of the sense normally coincide with the main divisions of the metrical structure.


mid 16th century: from Latin (see senary).

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