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ˈprɒs ə diprosody

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prosody, inflectionnoun

    the patterns of stress and intonation in a language

  2. poetic rhythm, rhythmic pattern, prosodynoun

    (prosody) a system of versification

  3. prosody, metricsnoun

    the study of poetic meter and the art of versification


  1. prosodynoun

    The study of rhythm, intonation, stress, and related attributes in speech.

  2. prosodynoun

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

  3. Etymology: From prosodie, from prosodia, from προσῳδία, from πρός + ᾠδή.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PROSODYnoun

    The part of grammar which teaches the sound and quantity of syllables, and the measures of verse.

    Etymology: prosodie, Fr. πϱοσωδία.


  1. prosody

    Prosody refers to the rhythm, stress, intonation, tempo, and melody used in speech. It is a key component of verbal and non-verbal communication, adding context, emotion, and mood to the spoken words. In poetry, prosody also refers to the study of metrical structures, rhythm, and intonation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prosodynoun

    that part of grammar which treats of the quantity of syllables, of accent, and of the laws of versification or metrical composition

  2. Etymology: [L. prosodia the tone or accent of a syllable, Gr. a song sung to, or with, an accompanying song, the accent accompanying the pronunciation; to + song, ode: cf. F. prosodie. See Ode.]


  1. Prosody

    In linguistics, prosody is the rhythm, stress, and intonation of speech. Prosody may reflect various features of the speaker or the utterance: the emotional state of the speaker; the form of the utterance; the presence of irony or sarcasm; emphasis, contrast, and focus; or other elements of language that may not be encoded by grammar or choice of vocabulary.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prosody

    pros′ō-di, n. that part of grammar which treats of quantity, accent, and the laws of verse or versification.—adjs. Prosō′dial, Prosod′ic, -al, pertaining to prosody: according to the rules of prosody.—ns. Prosō′dian, Pros′odist, one skilled in prosody.—adv. Prosod′ically. [Fr.,—L. prosōdia, Gr. prosōdiapros, to, ōdē, a song.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prosody in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prosody in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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