Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Verse composed of variable, usually unrhymed lines having no fixed metrical pattern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A poetic form divided into lines of no particular length or meter, without a rhyme scheme.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. unrhymed verse without a consistent metrical pattern

Etymologies

Translation of French vers libre : vers, verse + libre, free.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A calque of French vers libre. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ultra-extreme enjambment comes standard in free verse because free verse is, as we know, merely a heartfelt arrangement of plummy words requesting to be read slowly.

    THE ANTHOLOGIST

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