mensural

adjective

men·​su·​ral ˈmen(t)s-rəl How to pronounce mensural (audio)
ˈmen(t)sh-;
ˈmen(t)-sə-rəl,
-shə-
1
: of, relating to, or being polyphonic music originating in the 13th century with each note having a definite and exact time value
2
: of or relating to measure

Word History

Etymology

Late Latin mensuralis measurable, from Latin mensura

First Known Use

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mensural was circa 1580

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Cite this Entry

“Mensural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mensural. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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