[ me-truh-nohm ]
/ ˈmɛ trəˌnoʊm /


a mechanical or electrical instrument that makes repeated clicking sounds at an adjustable pace, used for marking rhythm, especially in practicing music.

Origin of metronome

1810–20; metro-1 + -nome < Greek nómos rule, law

Related forms

met·ro·nom·ic [me-truh-nom-ik] /ˌmɛ trəˈnɒm ɪk/, met·ro·nom·i·cal, adjectivemet·ro·nom·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for metronome


/ (ˈmɛtrəˌnəʊm) /


a mechanical device which indicates the exact tempo of a piece of music by producing a clicking sound from a pendulum with an adjustable period of swing

Derived Forms

metronomic (ˌmɛtrəˈnɒmɪk), adjective

Word Origin for metronome

C19: from Greek metron measure + nomos rule, law
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