Definition of enjambement in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdʒam(b)m(ə)nt/
Pronunciation: /ɛnˈdʒam(b)m(ə)nt/ Pronunciation: /ɒ̃ˈʒɒ̃bmɒ̃/
(also enjambment)


[mass noun]
(In verse) the continuation of a sentence without a pause beyond the end of a line, couplet, or stanza: he uses enjambment less than many poets [count noun]: flat language and clumsy enjambments
More example sentences
  • The enjambment of lines 12 to 13, successful in its matching the sense, introduces a further rhythmic variation due to the unusual length of the vowel in ‘over-poise’.
  • We focussed on the form, on how closely they'd followed the rules of syllable and rhyme, enjambment and stress, and only secondarily on how it worked as a poem.
  • Get up, it's night, says this fragment, which then goes on by enjambment to its iambic continuation, ‘There'll be time enough to sleep.’


Mid 19th century: French, from enjamber 'stride over, go beyond', from en- 'in' + jambe 'leg'.

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