Meaning of “verse” in the English Dictionary

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"verse" in British English

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versenoun

uk /vɜːs/ us /vɝːs/

[ U ] writing that is arranged in short lines with a regular rhythm; poetry:

Shakespeare wrote mostly in verse.

B2 [ C ] one of the parts that a poem or song is divided into:

Each verse was sung as a solo and then everyone joined in on the chorus.

[ C ] one of the series of short parts that the writing of a holy book is divided into:

She recited a verse from the Bible/the Koran.

More examples

  • I know the first verse of the song, but I don't know what comes next.
  • Shall I sing the descant in the last verse?
  • Sing the second verse allegro.
  • At the end of this verse, we'd like everyone to join in with the chorus.
  • 'Brillig' is a made-up word used in a piece of nonsense verse by Lewis Carroll.

(Definition of “verse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"verse" in American English

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versenoun [ C/U ]

us /vɜrs/

literature writing that is arranged in a rhythmic pattern; poems:

[ U ] She has a talent for writing humorous verse.

literature A verse is also one of the parts into which a poem or song is divided:

[ C ] We’ll sing only the first and last verses.

literature A verse is also one of the short parts into which the Bible is divided.

(Definition of “verse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)