Definition of distich in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdistik/ /ˈdɪstɪk/

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  • A pair of verse lines; a couplet.

    ‘He also wrote numerous poems in elegiac distichs.’
    • ‘He goes on to extol especially the epigrammatic power of the elegiac distich by translating numerous specimens from the elegiac writings of Goethe and Schiller.’
    • ‘To these we may add the nine notebook lines ‘Ad Vilmum Axiologum’ written somewhat later in 1805, and the distich on ‘The Homeric Hexameter,’.’
    • ‘The resulting text is more a series of distichs than a connected poem.’
    • ‘Moral advice and edifying sentiments are found in this series of distichs.’
    stanza, strophe, stave, canto


Early 16th century via Latin from Greek distikhon (metron) ‘(measure) of two lines’, neuter of distikhos, from di- ‘twice’ + stikhos ‘line’.