AskDefine | Define prosody

Dictionary Definition



1 the patterns of stress and intonation in a language [syn: inflection]
2 (prosody) a system of versification [syn: poetic rhythm, rhythmic pattern]
3 the study of poetic meter and the art of versification [syn: metrics]

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From etyl frm prosodie, from etyl la prosodia, from etyl grc προσῳδία, from πρός + ᾠδή.


  • a UK /ˈpɹɒzədi/|/ˈpɹəʊzədi/, /"prQs.@.dI/
  • a US /ˈpɻɑsədi/


  1. The study of poetic meter; the patterns of sounds and rhythms in verse.

Derived terms


Extensive Definition

Prosody may refer to:
  • Prosody (linguistics), the study of rhythm, intonation, stress, and related attributes in speech
  • Prosody (poetry), the study of poetic meter
  • Prosody (music), the way the composer sets the text of a vocal composition in the assignment of syllables to notes in the melody to which the text is sung
prosody in Czech: Prozódie
prosody in German: Metrum
prosody in French: Prosodie
prosody in Icelandic: Hljómfall
prosody in Italian: Vers
prosody in Japanese: 韻律
prosody in Norwegian Nynorsk: Prosodi
prosody in Polish: Metrum
prosody in Swedish: Vers
prosody in Thai: ฉันทลักษณ์

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Stabreim, accent, accentuation, alliterative meter, beat, cadence, emphasis, ictus, level of stress, lilt, measure, meter, metrical pattern, metrics, movement, number, numbers, primary stress, prosodic pattern, prosodics, quantitative meter, rhythm, rhythmic pattern, rhythmical stress, scanning, scansion, secondary stress, stress, stress accent, stress pattern, swing, syllabic meter, tertiary stress, vers libre, versification, weak stress
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