Alexandrine

Alexandrine

[al-ig-zan-drin, -dreen, -zahn-] Prosody.
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:
1580–90; < Middle French alexandrin, after Alexandre, from the use of this meter in an Old French poem on Alexander the Great; see -ine1

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Alexandrine

[al-ig-zan-drin, -dreen, -zahn-]
adjective
of or pertaining to Alexandria, Egypt.

Origin:
1490–1500; Alexandr(ia) + -ine1

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Alexandrine (ˌælɪɡˈzændraɪn, -drɪn, -ˈzɑːn-)
 
n
1.  a line of verse having six iambic feet, usually with a caesura after the third foot
 
adj
2.  of, characterized by, or written in Alexandrines
 
[C16: from French alexandrin, from Alexandre, title of 15th-century poem written in this metre]

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Alexandrine
verse line, 1580s, said to be from O.Fr. Roman d'Alexandre, a poem about Alexander the Great that was popular in the Middle Ages, which used a 12-syllable line of 6 feet (the Fr. heroic verse); it was used in Eng. to vary the heroic verse of 5 feet. The name also sometimes is said to be from Alexandre
de Paris, medieval Fr. poet, who used such a line (and who also wrote one of the popular Alexander the Great poems).
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