Definition of vers libre in US English:

vers libre


  • another term for free verse
    • ‘So their work was an important stage in the move toward vers libre in Italy.’
    • ‘Could one do a long Imagiste poem, or even a long poem in vers libre?’
    • ‘Second, oddly enough, this argument doesn't prove that traditional, formal verse is better than vers libre.’
    • ‘Sometimes Mr Blair comes dangerously close to vers libre.’


French, literally ‘free verse’.


vers libre

/ˌvər ˈlēbrə//ˌvər ˈlibrə/