trimeter

noun
trim·​e·​ter | \ ˈtri-mə-tər How to pronounce trimeter (audio) \

Definition of trimeter

: a line of verse consisting of three dipodies or three metrical feet

First Known Use of trimeter

1540, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trimeter

Latin trimetrus, from Greek trimetros having three measures, from tri- + metron measure — more at measure

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about trimeter

Statistics for trimeter

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for trimeter

The first known use of trimeter was in 1540

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on trimeter

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with trimeter

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about trimeter

Comments on trimeter

What made you want to look up trimeter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

miscellaneous remnants or debris

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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