Definition of octosyllable in English:

octosyllable

Line breaks: octo|syl¦lable
Pronunciation: /ˈɒktə(ʊ)ˌsɪləb(ə)l
 
/

noun

  • A word or line of verse with eight syllables.
    More example sentences
    • Meyer's version employs a spare free verse that is very Ibsenish, even though Ibsen composed here in rhymed octosyllables!

Derivatives

octosyllabic

adjective
More example sentences
  • His most powerful satirical weapon is his style, the deliberately cumbersome octosyllabic metre and comic rhymes.
  • By definition, it is a poem with an unlimited number of octosyllabic verses and assonant rhyme in even-numbered verses.
  • He spoke in the octosyllabic verse of the Confessio.

More definitions of octosyllable

Definition of octosyllable in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day tortie
Pronunciation: ˈtɔːtiː
noun
a tortoiseshell cat