Definition of tetrameter in English:

tetrameter

Syllabification: te·tram·e·ter
Pronunciation: /teˈtramitər
 
/

noun

Prosody
  • A verse of four measures.
    More 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.

Origin

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

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