alexandrine


alexandrine
\ \ [16] An alexandrine is a line of verse of 12 syllables, characteristic of the classic French drama of the 17th century. The term derives from the use of this metre in Alexandre, a 12th-or 13th-century Old French romance about Alexander the Great.

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  • Alexandrine — ist ein weiblicher Vorname. Es handelt sich um eine Nebenform von Alexandra mit der seit dem 17. / 18. Jahrhundert beliebten Endung ine. Namensträgerinnen Alexandrine von Baden (1820–1904), durch Heirat Landesherrin im Herzogtum Sachsen Coburg… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Alexandrine — Al ex*an drine, n. [F. alexandrin.] A kind of verse consisting in English of twelve syllables. [1913 Webster] The needless Alexandrine ends the song, That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along. Pope. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alexandrine — Poetry ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a line of verse) having six iambic feet. ► NOUN ▪ an alexandrine line. ORIGIN French, from the name of Alexander the Great, the subject of an Old French poem in this metre …   English terms dictionary

  • alexandrine — [al΄ig zan′drin, al΄ig zan′drēn΄] n. [Fr alexandrin: so called from being used in OFr poems on ALEXANDER (THE GREAT)] [occas.A ] Prosody an iambic line having normally six feet; iambic hexameter adj. of an alexandrine …   English World dictionary

  • Alexandrine — Al ex*an drine (?; 277), a. Belonging to Alexandria; Alexandrian. Bancroft. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alexandrīne [1] — Alexandrīne, durch Appretur seidenähnliche Siamoise aus Baumwolle u. Leinen, von Rouen u. Neufchatel …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Alexandrīne [2] — Alexandrīne, 1) Friederike Wilhelmine A. Maria Helene, geb. 23. Februar 1803, Tochter des Königs Wilhelm III. von Preußen, vermählt 25. Mai 1822 mit dem Großherzog Paul Friedrich von Mecklenburg Schwerin; seit 7. März 1842 Wittwe; sie ist Mutter… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Alexandrine — Alexandrine, Friederike Wilhelmine A. Helene, Großherzogin von Mecklenburg Schwerin, geb. 23. Febr. 1803. gest. 21. April 1892, war die Tochter des Königs Friedrich Wilhelm III. von Preußen und der Königin Luise und vermählte sich 25. Mai 1822… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Alexandrine — Alexandrine, Gewebe aus Linnen u. Baumwolle, in Rouen, Amiens, Neuschatel etc. verfertigt u. durch Apretur seidenähnliche Siamoise …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Alexandrine — in reference to a type of verse line, 1580s (adj.); 1660s (n.), said to be from O.Fr. Roman d Alexandre, name of a poem about Alexander the Great that was popular in the Middle Ages, which used a 12 syllable line of 6 feet (the French heroic… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Alexandrine — An alexandrine is a line of poetic meter comprising 12 syllables. Alexandrines are common in the German literature of the Baroque period and in French poetry of the early modern and modern periods. Drama in English often used alexandrines before… …   Wikipedia


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