Definition of metrist in English:


(also meterist)

Pronunciation /ˈmɛtrɪst/


  • (A) A person who writes (especially skilfully) in metre; specifically a poet who is particularly adept in the handling of metre. (b) More generally: a metrical writer.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Bale (1495–1563), bishop of Ossory, evangelical polemicist, and historian. Either from post-classical Latin metrista from classical Latin metrum + -ista, or (especially in later instances) independently from metre + -ist.