Definition of iambus in English:

iambus

Line breaks: iam¦bus
Pronunciation: /ʌɪˈambəs
 
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noun (plural iambuses or iambi /-bʌɪ/)

Prosody
A metrical foot consisting of one short (or unstressed) syllable followed by one long (or stressed) syllable.
More example sentences
  • Of the five kinds of feet illustrated here, the iambus is by far the most often used in English verse; the spondee is the rarest.
  • The metre throughout is iambic tetrameter, alternating with trimeter - in other words, lines of four iambuses alternate with lines of three.
  • They consist of a collection of seventeen poems in different versions of the iambus, the metre traditionally associated with lampoon.

Origin

late 16th century: Latin, from Greek iambos 'iambus, lampoon', from iaptein 'attack verbally' (because the iambic trimeter was first used by Greek satirists).

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