1. consisting of three measures or feet.
  2. Classical Prosody. composed of six feet or three dipodies.

Origin of trimeter

1560–70; < Latin trimetrus having three measures < Greek trímetros. See tri-, meter2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a verse line consisting of three metrical feet
  1. designating such a line
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Word Origin and History for trimeter

"a verse of three metrical feet," 1560s, from Latin trimetrus, from Greek trimetros "having three measures," from tri- "three" + metron "a measure" (see meter (n.2)).

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