Definition of hendecasyllable in US English:



  • A line of verse containing eleven syllables.

    • ‘Isosyllabism persists, however, in such primitive Aeolic meters as the Sapphic hendecasyllable.’
    • ‘His hendecasyllables are both a tribute to Catullus and an interpretation of one aspect of his poetry.’
    • ‘He accepted the dodecasyllable and hendecasyllable verse forms from the very beginning, and basically never abandoned them.’
    • ‘If I had tried to keep up the hendecasyllable meter I probably would have gone insane.’
    • ‘In developing English equivalences for his Italian texts, he turned hendecasyllables into iambic pentameters and septenarii into iambic trimeters.’