Definition of prosody noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprɒsədi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːsədi//
    [uncountable] Poetry, Phonetics
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  1. 1 (specialist) the patterns of sounds and rhythms in poetry; the study of this See related entries: Poetry
  2. 2 (phonetics) the part of phonetics which is concerned with stress and intonation as opposed to individual speech sounds See related entries: Phonetics
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent.: from Latin prosodia ‘accent of a syllable’, from Greek prosōidia ‘song sung to music, tone of a syllable’, from pros ‘towards’ + ōidē ‘song’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: prosody