Meaning of “free verse” in the English Dictionary

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"free verse" in British English

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free versenoun [ U ]

uk /ˌfriː ˈvɜːs/ us /ˌfriː ˈvɝːs/

Examples from literature

  • Amy writes poetry, free verse. 
  • At times he thought of taking to free verse, but the results of his efforts did not satisfy him. 
  • He is an experimenter in free verse forms as well as in impressions. 
  • The objection to most of the "free verse" that is being written to-day is that in form it is neither delightful nor memorable. 
  • Why, father, you think Ben is a radical, but he's the most hidebound conservative about some things—much worse than you—about free verse, for instance. 

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

"free verse" in American English

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free versenoun [ U ]

/ˈfri ˈvɜrs/

literature a style of writing poems without regular rhythm or rhyme (= two or more words ending with the same sound)

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