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[men-sher-uh l, -ser-]
  1. pertaining to measure.
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Origin of mensural

1600–10; < Late Latin mēnsūrālis, equivalent to Latin mēnsūr(a) measure + -ālis -al1
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Historical Examples

  • The signs of time were placed over the stave, and were not repeated unless the mensural values changed.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 2


British Dictionary definitions for mensural


  1. of or involving measure
  2. music of or relating to music in which notes have fixed values in relation to each other
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Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin mēnsūrālis, from mēnsūra measure
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Word Origin and History for mensural


"pertaining to measure, measurable," c.1600, from Medieval Latin mensuralis, from Latin mensura "a measuring, measurement" (see measure (v.)).

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