Definition of distich in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪstɪk/


A pair of verse lines; a couplet.
Example sentences
  • He also wrote numerous poems in elegiac distichs.
  • He goes on to extol especially the epigrammatic power of the elegiac distich by translating numerous specimens from the elegiac writings of Goethe and Schiller.
  • To these we may add the nine notebook lines ‘Ad Vilmum Axiologum’ written somewhat later in 1805, and the distich on ‘The Homeric Hexameter,’.


Early 16th century: via Latin from Greek distikhon (metron) '(measure) of two lines', neuter of distikhos, from di- 'twice' + stikhos 'line'.

Words that rhyme with distich

aoristic, artistic, autistic, cystic, deistic, egoistic, fistic, holistic, juristic, logistic, monistic, mystic, puristic, sadistic, Taoistic, theistic, truistic, veristic

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