Definition of senarius in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪˈnɛːrɪəs/

noun (plural senarii /sɪˈnɛːrɪiː/ /sɪˈnɛːrɪʌɪ/)

A verse of six feet, especially an iambic trimeter.
Example sentences
  • 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).

Words that rhyme with senarius

Aquarius, calcareous, Darius, denarius, gregarious, hilarious, multifarious, nefarious, omnifarious, precarious, Sagittarius, Stradivarius, temerarious, various, vicarious

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Line breaks: sen|ar¦ius

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