1. Prosody. a verse of four feet.
  2. Classical Prosody. a line consisting of four dipodies in trochaic, iambic, or anapestic meter.


  1. Prosody. consisting of four metrical feet.

noun prosody

  1. a line of verse consisting of four metrical feet
  2. a verse composed of such lines
  3. (in classical prosody) a line of verse composed of four dipodies

n.1610s, from Latin tetrametrus, from Greek tetrametron “verse of four measures,” originally neuter of tetrametros (adj.) “having four measures,” from tetra- “four” (see tetra-) + metron “measure” (see meter (n.2)).

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