Definition of qasida in US English:


(also quasida, kasida, kasidah)


  • A classical Arabic or Persian monorhyme poem in uniform metre, consisting of ten or more distichs set in a usually tripartite episodic structure, frequently with a panegyric or elegiac theme.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Jones. From Arabic qaṣīda, apparently from a root meaning ‘to aim, intend’, but the semantic relationship is unclear.