Definition of senarius in English:


Line breaks: sen|ar¦ius
Pronunciation: /sɪˈnɛːrɪəs

noun (plural senarii /-ɪiː, -ɪʌɪ/)

  • A verse of six feet, especially an iambic trimeter.
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    • His fables, written in iambic senarii, consist of beast-tales based largely on ‘Aesop’, as well as jokes and instructive stories taken not only from Hellenistic collections but also from his own personal experience.
    • Preserving the iambic senarii proved too restrictive, so I switched to a vaguely anapaestic waltz rhythm and made up a tune that allowed our singer to put a comic pause, if she wished, before the final syllables at the end of each line.
    • In the tragic senarius the divisions of the sense normally coincide with the main divisions of the metrical structure.


mid 16th century: from Latin (see senary).

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