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[pros-uh-dee] /ˈprɒs ə di/
the science or study of poetic meters and versification.
a particular or distinctive system of metrics and versification:
Milton's prosody.
Linguistics. the stress and intonation patterns of an utterance.
Origin of prosody
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin prosōdia < Greek prosōidía tone or accent, modulation of voice, song sung to music, equivalent to prós toward + ōid() ode + -ia -y3
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[pruh-sod-ik] /prəˈsɒd ɪk/ (Show IPA),
prosodical, adjective Unabridged
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  • What remains constant is his cool, velvety use of traditional prosody and forms.
  • The prosody fits, they get you into the meat of the number.
  • Length of interval, and not accent, is therefore the determining element in prosody.
  • Fluent reading has three elements: accurate reading of connected text, at a conversational rate with appropriate prosody.
British Dictionary definitions for prosody


the study of poetic metre and of the art of versification, including rhyme, stanzaic forms, and the quantity and stress of syllables
a system of versification
the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
Derived Forms
prosodic (prəˈsɒdɪk) adjective
prosodist, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin prosōdia accent of a syllable, from Greek prosōidia song set to music, from pros towards + ōidē, from aoidē song; see ode
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Word Origin and History for prosody

late 15c., from Latin prosodia "accent of a syllable," from Greek prosoidia "song sung to music," also "accent, modulation," literally "a singing in addition to," from pros "to, forward, near" + oide "song, poem" (see ode). Related: Prosodiacal; prosodist.

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