nounpl. sen·ryu, also sen·ryus
- a. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five morae and typically treating the theme of human foibles with an ironic or satirical tone.b. A verse form in another language modeled on the Japanese senryu, typically counting syllables instead of morae.
- A poem written in such a form.
Origin of senryuAfter Senryū pen name of Karai Hachiemon (1718-1790), Japanese poet and critic who popularized the form ( literally meaning river willow ) (Japanese sen river ) ( ryū willow )