[ met-uh-frast ]
/ ˈmɛt əˌfræst /


a person who translates or changes a literary work from one form to another, as prose into verse.

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 forms

met·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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for metaphrastic


/ (ˈmɛtəˌfræst) /


a person who metaphrases, esp one who changes the form of a text, as by rendering verse into prose

Derived Forms

metaphrastic or metaphrastical, adjectivemetaphrastically, adverb

Word Origin for metaphrast

C17: from Medieval Greek metaphrastēs translator
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