Definition of qasida in English:


(also kasida, kasidah, quasida)

Pronunciation /kaˈsiːda/ /kaˈsiːdə/


  • A classical Arabic or Persian monorhyme poem in uniform metre, consisting of ten or more distichs set in a usually tripartite episodic structure, frequently with a panegyric or elegiac theme.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Jones. From Arabic qaṣīda, apparently from a root meaning ‘to aim, intend’, but the semantic relationship is unclear.