Definition of hemistich in English:


Line breaks: hemi|stich
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛmɪstɪk


  • (Chiefly in Old English verse) a half of a line of verse.
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    • The column is divided into hemistichs justified at the outer edges.
    • Bénabou joins the first hemistich of each line to the second of another: the first alexandrine thus selected is the opening line of Rimbaud's ‘Bateau ivre’.
    • The point of his entire speech seems to be summed up in the first hemistich of line 279.


late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek hēmistikhion, from hēmi- 'half' + stikhos 'row, line of verse'.

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