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Definition of "metre" []

  • Chiefly British Variant of meter1. (noun)
  • Chiefly British Variant of meter2. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "metre" in a sentence
  • "In poetry we recognise at once how the obvious periodic recurrence of certain accented syllables, which we term metre, plays an important part ..."
  • "Note the difference between (a) descriptions and examples of dipodic metre as a particular kind of metre – one that goes with, or can also be scanned as, long and rapid iambics – and (b) claims that English or English-language verse or metre is always “really” dipodic (rather than being always “really” iambic, as Frost thought, or always “really” nothing in particular, with metrical bases that may vary completely among possible groupings of poems)."
  • "I think that last couplet's daring use of metre is the high point of the poem, but you can find the concluding four lines at McGonagall Online."