Definition of feminine rhyme in English:

feminine rhyme


  • A rhyme between stressed syllables followed by one or more unstressed syllables (e.g. stocking/shocking, glamorous/amorous).

    Compare with masculine rhyme
    • ‘Feminine rhyme predominates in Spanish and Italian poetry, while German and French use masculine and feminine rhyme equally.’
    • ‘In English verse today, the masculine rhyme is of course the staple thing, the feminine rhyme being a somewhat rare variation.’


feminine rhyme