Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A metrical foot consisting of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable, as in season.
  • noun A metrical foot in quantitative verse consisting of a long syllable followed by a short one.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In prosody, a foot of two syllables, the first long or accented and the second short or unaccented. The trochee of modern or accentual versification consists of an accented followed by an unaccented syllable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Pros.) A foot of two syllables, the first long and the second short, as in the Latin word ante, or the first accented and the second unaccented, as in the English word motion; a choreus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A metrical foot in verse consisting of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable.

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

  • noun a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed syllables

Etymologies

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

[French trochée, from Latin trochaeus, from Greek trokhaios, from trokhos, a running, from trekhein, to run.]

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