Definition of ottava rima in English:

ottava rima

noun

  • [mass noun] A form of poetry consisting of stanzas of eight lines of ten or eleven syllables, rhyming abababcc.

    ‘I wrote the answer in ottava rima’
    • ‘The portrait also contains sheets of simulated verse to emphasize that he specialized in terza rima and ottava rima.’
    • ‘In the fifth assignment we finally stared metre directly in the face: the assignment was to write a sonnet, terza rima or ottava rima, in iambic pentameter.’
    • ‘There's nothing poetic about a local news personality, except when he does traffic in ottava rima.’
    • ‘Shelley composed this playful work of 78 stanzas in ottava rima within the space of three days.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from Italian, literally eighth rhyme.

Pronunciation:

ottava rima

/ɒˌtɑːvə ˈriːmə/