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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  • Its graceful pentameter couplets express the mid-century fascination with theatrical performance.
  • She enclosed a poem of her own composition on the same theme in irregularly rhyming pentameters.
  • The poem, in pentameter couplets, describes the funeral ceremonies for Queen Mary the preceding month.


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

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