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tetrasyllable Line breaks: tetra|syl¦lable
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛtrəsɪləb(ə)l/

Definition of tetrasyllable in English:

noun

A word of four syllables.
Example sentences
  • ‘One is monosyllabic, the other tetrasyllable,’ Spindrift begins.
  • Banville has likewise tried his hand at short strophes composed entirely of tetrasyllables, as have also Richepin and Verlaine.
  • Since the "Pater noster" text contains no penult-accented tetrasyllables, only results for antepenult-accented tetrasyllables can be presented, which Figure 22 does.

Derivatives

tetrasyllabic

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Pronunciation: /tɛtrəsɪˈlabɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Beginning in the Wei and Jin, Shijing-style tetrasyllabic poems gradually fell into decline and the popular stele-memorial inscription then became the primary vehicle for tetrasyllabic writings.
  • Full stress falls on the first syllable of a word, thus obliterating the Latin stress on the penultimate or antepenultimate in trisyllabic, tetrasyllabic and pentasyllabic words.
  • The primary accented syllables in monomorphemic trisyllabic and tetrasyllabic Thai words are the final syllables.

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