Definition of tetrameter in English:

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Pronunciation: /tɪˈtramɪtə/


A verse of four measures.
Example sentences
  • In this way of talking, the ballad stanza alternates tetrameters (four-foot lines) with trimeters (three-foot lines).
  • Here is a sudden intensification, even a transposition of senses from the visual to the aural, in the word ‘silent,’ as the poem rounds off in an exact-rhyme couplet, iambic tetrameter stretching into iambic pentameter.
  • It is written in rhymed tetrameters, the most artless of English metres and quite unlike the majestic blank verse of Prospero the magician.


Early 17th century: from late Latin tetrametrus, from Greek tetrametros, from tetra- 'four' + metron 'measure'.

Words that rhyme with tetrameter

diameter, heptameter, hexameter, parameter, pentameter

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Line breaks: tet|ram¦eter

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