Definition of hexameter in English:



  • A line of verse consisting of six metrical feet, especially of six dactyls.

    • ‘Most celebrated were the Epodes, songs in simple strophes usually made up of a hexameter or iambic trimeter plus one or two shorter cola.’
    • ‘My poetic skills were not up to constructing dactyllic hexameters, and I had already settled on the haiku form.’
    • ‘For Schlegel, the feet of the hexameter must be of equal length, containing either one long and two short syllables or two long ones.’
    • ‘Metrically, the ‘Hymn’ justifies Coleridge's claims for the English hexameter.’
    • ‘Longfellow wrote in hexameters, in the tradition of the classical masters of he epic, Homer and Vergil.’


Late Middle English: from Latin, from Greek hexametros of six measures (from hex six + metron measure).