Meaning of senarius in English:


Pronunciation /sɪˈnɛːrɪəs/

nounplural noun senarii/sɪˈnɛːrɪiː/ /sɪˈnɛːrɪʌɪ/

  • A verse of six feet, especially an iambic trimeter.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).