Definition of hendecasyllable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhɛndɛkəˈsɪləb(ə)l/


A line of verse containing eleven syllables.
Example sentences
  • His hendecasyllables are both a tribute to Catullus and an interpretation of one aspect of his poetry.
  • If I had tried to keep up the hendecasyllable meter I probably would have gone insane.
  • He accepted the dodecasyllable and hendecasyllable verse forms from the very beginning, and basically never abandoned them.



Pronunciation: /hɛnˌdɛkəsɪˈlabɪk/
Example sentences
  • His sixty-four lines of rhyming hendecasyllabic couplets are juxtaposed with a considerably briefer fifty-three lines of English free verse.
  • The classical hendecasyllabic meter chosen for this lyric melodiously prompts us to seek ancient mythic analogues.
  • The most outstanding of the Catalan translators was Josep Maria de Sagarra, who, starting in the 1940s, translated 27 plays into Catalan hendecasyllabic lines.

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Line breaks: hen|deca|syl¦lable

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