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 Senry&umacron;, pen name of Karai Hachiemon (1718–1790), Japanese poet and critic who popularized the form (literally meaning river willow : Japanese sen, river + ry&umacron;, willow).