Definition of terza rima in English:

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terza rima

Pronunciation: /ˌtərtsə ˈrēmə/


An arrangement of triplets, especially in iambs, that rhyme aba bcb cdc, etc., as in Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Example sentences
  • In the fifth assignment we finally stared metre directly in the face: the assignment was to write a sonnet, terza rima or ottava rima, in iambic pentametre.
  • Merwin opts not to follow the terza rima strictly, or rather he rhymes so freely that he chooses not to speak of it.
  • Dante's terza rima is frustratingly hard to get right in English, and many translators have nearly gone mad trying to get it right.


Italian, literally 'third rhyme'.

Words that rhyme with terza rima

beamer, blasphemer, Colima, creamer, dreamer, emphysema, femur, Iwo Jima, Kagoshima, lemur, Lima, oedema (US edema), ottava rima, Pima, reamer, redeemer, schema, schemer, screamer, seamer, Selima, steamer, streamer, Tsushima

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Syllabification: ter·za ri·ma

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