Definition of terza rima in English:

terza rima

noun

Prosody
  • An arrangement of triplets, especially in iambic pentameter, that rhyme aba bcb cdc etc., as in Dante's Divine Comedy.

    • ‘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 pentametre.’
    • ‘Dante's terza rima is frustratingly hard to get right in English, and many translators have nearly gone mad trying to get it right.’
    • ‘He favours challenging rhyme schemes and difficult forms, such as the sestina and terza rima.’
    • ‘It is an elegantly satisfying form, a dramatic equivalent of terza rima, which democratically gives each actor two scenes each.’
    • ‘Merwin opts not to follow the terza rima strictly, or rather he rhymes so freely that he chooses not to speak of it.’

Origin

Italian, literally ‘third rhyme’.

Pronunciation

terza rima

/ˌtɛːtsə ˈriːmə/