General English

Media Studies

  • noun the regular pattern of beats and emphasis in a piece of music
  • noun in poetry, the pattern formed by stressed and unstressed syllables
  • noun a pattern suggesting movement or pace in something such as a work of art
  • noun a mood or effect in a book, play or film created from repetition


  • noun a regular movement or beat

Origin & History of “rhythm”

Rhythm goes back ultimately to Greek rhuthmós. this originally meant ‘recurring motion’, and was related to the verb rhein ‘flow’ (source of English catarrh and diarrhoea). It was subsequently applied to ‘recurrent accents in verse’, in which sense it passed into English via Latin rhythmus. (Later Old French alteration of the word led to English rhyme.).