Definition of pentameter in English:


Line breaks: pen|tam¦eter
Pronunciation: /pɛnˈtamɪtə


A line of verse consisting of five metrical feet, or (in Greek and Latin verse) of two halves each of two feet and a long syllable.
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  • The rhythmic cadence of the poetry was not the iambic pentameter or other such metrical patterns but free verse with words scattered randomly across the printed page.
  • She will slip from dactyls to iambics, pentameter to trimeter, quatrains to sestets.
  • Written in alternately rhyming iambic pentameters interspersed occasionally with couplets, the poem harps insistently on the dead man's virtues in competent but laboured verse while providing little substantiation of its eulogy.


early 16th century: via Latin from Greek pentametros (see penta-, -meter).

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