- Spenserian 1817, from Edmund Spenser (c.1552-1599), Elizabethan poet. Spenserian stanza, which he employed in the "Faerie Queen," consists of eight decasyllabic lines and a final Alexandrine, with rhyme scheme ab ab bc bcc. For the origin of the surname, see SPENCER (Cf. Spencer).
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Spenserian — [spen sir′ē ən] adj. of or characteristic of Edmund Spenser or his writing n. 1. a follower or imitator of Spenser 2. a Spenserian stanza, or poem in such stanzas … English World dictionary
Spenserian — Spen*se ri*an, a. Of or pertaining to the English poet Spenser; specifically applied to the stanza used in his poem The Fa[ e]rie Queene. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Spenserian — /spen sear ee euhn/, adj. 1. of or characteristic of Spenser or his work. n. 2. an imitator of Spenser. 3. See Spenserian stanza. 4. verse in Spenserian stanzas. [1810 20; SPENSER + IAN] * * * … Universalium
Spenserian — /spɛnˈsɪəriən/ (say spen searreeuhn) adjective 1. of or characteristic of Edmund Spenser, or of his work. –noun 2. an imitator of Spenser. 3. a Spenserian stanza. 4. verse in Spenserian stanzas … Australian English dictionary
spenserian — adj. of, relating to, or in the style of Edmund Spenser, Engl. poet d. 1599. Phrases and idioms: Spenserian stanza the stanza used by Spenser in the Faerie Queene, with eight iambic pentameters and an alexandrine, rhyming ababbcbcc. Etymology: E … Useful english dictionary
Spenserian — adjective see Spenser … New Collegiate Dictionary
Spenserian — 1. adjective Of or pertaining to (c.1552–1599), English poet, or his works. 2. noun One of a group of poets who imitated Spenser … Wiktionary
Spenserian — [spɛn sɪərɪən] adjective relating to the English poet Edmund Spenser (c.1552–99) or his works … English new terms dictionary
spenserian — spen·se·ri·an … English syllables
Spenserian stanza — n. a stanza consisting of eight lines of iambic pentameter and a final line of iambic hexameter (an alexandrine), with a rhyme scheme ababbcbcc, used by Spenser in The Fairie Queene … English World dictionary