Definition of hemistich in English:

hemistich

Syllabification: hem·i·stich
Pronunciation: /ˈheməˌstik
 
/

noun

  • (Chiefly in Old English verse) a half of a line of verse.
    More example sentences
    • The column is divided into hemistichs justified at the outer edges.
    • Bénabou joins the first hemistich of each line to the second of another: the first alexandrine thus selected is the opening line of Rimbaud's ‘Bateau ivre’.
    • The point of his entire speech seems to be summed up in the first hemistich of line 279.

Origin

late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek hēmistikhion, from hēmi- 'half' + stikhos 'row, line of verse'.

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