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Alexandrine

[al-ig-zan-drin, -dreen, -zahn-] /ˌæl ɪgˈzæn drɪn, -drin, -ˈzɑn-/
noun
1.
(often lowercase) a verse or line of poetry of twelve syllables.
adjective
2.
(often lowercase) of or pertaining to such a verse or line.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Middle French alexandrin, after Alexandre, from the use of this meter in an Old French poem on Alexander the Great; see -ine1

Alexandrine

[al-ig-zan-drin, -dreen, -zahn-] /ˌæl ɪgˈzæn drɪn, -drin, -ˈzɑn-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Alexandria, Egypt.
Origin
1490-1500; Alexandr(ia) + -ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for Alexandrine

Alexandrine

/ˌælɪɡˈzændraɪn; -drɪn; -ˈzɑːn-/
noun
1.
a line of verse having six iambic feet, usually with a caesura after the third foot
adjective
2.
of, characterized by, or written in Alexandrines
Word Origin
C16: from French alexandrin, from Alexandre, title of 15th-century poem written in this metre
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Word Origin and History for Alexandrine

in reference to a type of verse line, 1580s (adj.); 1660s (n.), said to be from Old French Roman d'Alexandre, name of a poem about Alexander the Great that was popular in the Middle Ages, which used a 12-syllable line of 6 feet (the French heroic verse); it was used in English to vary the heroic verse of 5 feet. The name also sometimes is said to be from Alexandre de Paris, 13c. French poet, who used such a line (and who also wrote one of the popular Alexander the Great poems).

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