Definition of hemistich in English:
(Chiefly in Old English verse) a half of a line of verse.
- 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'.
Definition of hemistich in:
- US English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.