Definition of senarius in US English:


nounPlural senarii

  • A Latin verse of six iambic feet.

    • ‘Preserving the iambic senarii proved too restrictive, so I switched to a vaguely anapaestic waltz rhythm and made up a tune that allowed our singer to put a comic pause, if she wished, before the final syllables at the end of each line.’
    • ‘His fables, written in iambic senarii, consist of beast-tales based largely on ‘Aesop’, as well as jokes and instructive stories taken not only from Hellenistic collections but also from his own personal experience.’
    • ‘In the tragic senarius the divisions of the sense normally coincide with the main divisions of the metrical structure.’


Mid 16th century: from Latin (see senary).