[ me-tri-kuh l ]
/ ˈmɛ trɪ kəl /


pertaining to meter or poetic measure.
composed in meter or verse.
pertaining to measurement.
Also metric.

Origin of metrical

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin metric(us) (see metric2) + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for metrical


metric (ˈmɛtrɪk)

/ (ˈmɛtrɪkəl) /


of or relating to measurement
of or in poetic metre
Derived Formsmetrically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for metrical



"pertaining to versification," early 15c., from Latin metricus "metrical," from Greek metrikos "of or for meter, metrical," from metron "poetic meter" (see meter (n.2)). Old English had meterlic in this sense.

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