Origin of metaphrast

1600–10; Medieval Greek metaphrástēs one who translates, equivalent to *metaphrad-, base of metaphrázein to translate (see meta-, phrase) + -tēs agent suffix
Related formsmet·a·phras·tic, met·a·phras·ti·cal, adjectivemet·a·phras·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for metaphrast


  1. a person who metaphrases, esp one who changes the form of a text, as by rendering verse into prose
Derived Formsmetaphrastic or metaphrastical, adjectivemetaphrastically, adverb

Word Origin for metaphrast

C17: from Medieval Greek metaphrastēs translator
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