mensural music

variants: or less commonly mensurable music

Definition of mensural music

: polyphonic music principally of the 13th to 16th century written in mensural notation — compare plainsong

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of mensural music

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mensural music

translation of Medieval Latin musica mensurabilis

Learn More About mensural music

Time Traveler for mensural music

Time Traveler

The first known use of mensural music was in 1609

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near mensural music


mensural music

mensural notation

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for mensural music

Cite this Entry

“Mensural music.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!