a verse range having five metrical foot
- A verse of five foot
- Having five metrical feet
- A verse of five feet.
- Having five metrical feet.
1540s, from Middle French pentametre, from Latin pentameter, from Greek pentametros (adj.) "having five steps," from pente "five" (see five) + metron "measure" (see meter (n.2)). As a noun from 1580s.
Of the ill-fated C. Cornelius Gallus, their predecessor, we have but a single pentameter remaining.