Meaning of dimeter in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɪmɪtə/


  • A line of verse consisting of two metrical feet.

    ‘Poems in iambic dimeters and trimeters are found in abundance in her first book, as are poems written in trochaic measure.’
    • ‘The first two lines, containing only monosyllabic words, mix a sing-song dimeter with a grim subject matter.’
    • ‘Although the English meter is properly iambic, often with feminine endings, line length is erratic, ranging from trimeter to pentameter, except for the two shortest lines, which appear in dimeter.’


Late 16th century via late Latin from Greek dimetros ‘of two measures’, from di- ‘twice’ + metron ‘a measure’.