ottava rima

ot·ta·va ri·ma
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [oh-tah-vuh ree-muh]
    • /oʊˈtɑ və ˈri mə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [oh-tah-vuh ree-muh]
    • /oʊˈtɑ və ˈri mə/

Definitions of ottava rima words

  • noun plural ottava rima an Italian stanza of eight lines, each of eleven syllables (or, in the English adaptation, of ten or eleven syllables), the first six lines rhyming alternately and the last two forming a couplet with a different rhyme: used in Keats' Isabella and Byron's Don Juan. 1
  • noun ottava rima a stanza form consisting of eight iambic pentameter lines, rhyming a b a b a b c c 0
  • noun ottava rima a stanza of eight lines with the rhyme scheme abababcc: the Italian form has eleven syllables in a line, the English, usually ten iambic-pentameter syllables 0

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Origin of ottava rima

First appearance:

before 1810
One of the 40% newest English words
1810-20; < Italian: octave rhyme

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ottava rima popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 37% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 72% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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