What does alexandrine mean?

Definitions for alexandrine
ˌæl ɪgˈzæn drɪn, -drin, -ˈzɑn-alexan·drine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Alexandrinenoun

    (prosody) a line of verse that has six iambic feet


  1. alexandrinenoun

    A line of poetic meter having twelve syllables, usually divided into two or three equal parts.

  2. alexandrinenoun

    An Alexandrine parrot or parakeet.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Alexandrinenoun

    A kind of verse borrowed from the French, first used in a poem called Alexander. They consist, among the French, of twelve and thirteen syllables, in alternate couplets; and, among us, of twelve.

    Our numbers should, for the most part, be lyrical. For variety, or rather where the majesty of thought requires it, they may be stretched to the English heroick of five feet, and to the French Alexandrine of six. Dryd.

    Then, at the last, an only couplet fraught
    With some unmeaning thing they call a thought,
    A needless Alexandrine ends the song,
    That, like a wounded snake, drags it slow length along. Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism.


  1. alexandrine

    An alexandrine is a line of poetic meter comprised of 12 syllables. It is traditionally used in French, English and German literature. This type of verse is typically divided in two parts with a pause after the sixth syllable, often characterized by the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables. In French literature, it is usually written in rhymed couplets or quatrains.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alexandrineadjective

    belonging to Alexandria; Alexandrian

  2. Alexandrinenoun

    a kind of verse consisting in English of twelve syllables

  3. Etymology: [F. alexandrin.]


  1. Alexandrine

    An alexandrine is a line of poetic meter comprising 12 syllables. Alexandrines are common in the German literature of the Baroque period and in French poetry of the early modern and modern periods. Drama in English often used alexandrines before Marlowe and Shakespeare, by whom it was supplanted by iambic pentameter. In non-Anglo-Saxon or French contexts, the term dodecasyllable is often used.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alexandrine

    al-egz-an′drin, n. a rhyming verse of twelve syllables, six iambic feet, so-called from its use in old French poems on Alexander the Great. It is the ordinary verse of French tragedy. French Alexandrines are arranged in couplets, alternately acatalectic with masculine rhymes, and hypercatalectic with feminine rhymes.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alexandrine in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alexandrine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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