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[si-zhoo r-uh, -zoo r-uh, siz-yoo r-uh] /sɪˈʒʊər ə, -ˈzʊər ə, sɪzˈyʊər ə/
noun, plural caesuras, caesurae
[si-zhoo r-ee, -zoo r-ee, siz-yoo r-ee] /sɪˈʒʊər i, -ˈzʊər i, sɪzˈyʊər i/ (Show IPA)
Prosody. a break, especially a sense pause, usually near the middle of a verse, and marked in scansion by a double vertical line, as in know then thyselfpresume not God to scan.
Classical Prosody. a division made by the ending of a word within a foot, or sometimes at the end of a foot, especially in certain recognized places near the middle of a verse.
any break, pause, or interruption.
Also, cesura.
Origin of caesura
1550-60; < Latin, equivalent to caes(us) cut (past participle of caedere) (caed- cut + -tus past participle suffix) + -ūra -ure
Related forms
caesural, caesuric, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for caesurae


noun (pl) -ras, -rae (-riː)
(in modern prosody) a pause, esp for sense, usually near the middle of a verse line Usual symbol |
(in classical prosody) a break between words within a metrical foot, usually in the third or fourth foot of the line
Derived Forms
caesural, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, literally: a cutting, from caedere to cut
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Word Origin and History for caesurae



1550s, from Latin caesura, "metrical pause," literally "a cutting," from past participle stem of caedere "to cut down" (see -cide).

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