Share this entry

Share this page

tetrastich

Syllabification: tet·ra·stich
Pronunciation: /ˈtetrəˌstik
 
/

Definition of tetrastich in English:

noun

Prosody
A group of four lines of verse.
Example sentences
  • There is no alteration in the words; but the two tetrastichs composing the first stanza are transposed.
  • They are called the Ausonii Tetrastichon because they are a series of tetrastichs - four-line stanzas - by the fourth century Gallo-Roman poet Ausonius.
  • If Edward Cowell hadn't been able to interest Edward FitzGerald in the study of the Persian language in 1852 and brought to FitzGerald's notice in 1856 a Persian manuscript in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, then FitzGerald would not have translated these ‘Epicurean tetrastichs by a Persian of the eleventh century’.

Origin

late 16th century: via Latin from Greek tetrastikhon 'having four rows', from tetra- 'four' + stikhon 'row, line of verse'.

Definition of tetrastich in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day orthoepy
Pronunciation: ˈɔːθəʊɛpi
noun
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words