Definition of pentameter in English:

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Pronunciation: /penˈtamədər/


A line of verse consisting of five metrical feet, or (in Greek and Latin verse) of two halves each of two feet and a long syllable.
Example sentences
  • Trimeter lines predominate, very short dimeter lines punctuate, and against both rise up the comparatively unexpected yet satisfying lengths of the two thoughtful pentameter and hexameter lines.
  • Although the English meter is properly iambic, often with feminine endings, line length is erratic, ranging from trimeter to pentameter, except for the two shortest lines, which appear in dimeter.
  • You can hear it pushing against the constraints of the pentameter and the irregular end rhyme.


Early 16th century: via Latin from Greek pentametros (see penta-, -meter).

Words that rhyme with pentameter

diameter, heptameter, hexameter, parameter, tetrameter

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pen·tam·e·ter

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