Definition of metre noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially US English meter) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈmiːtə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːtər//
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  1. 1   [countable] (abbreviation m) a unit for measuring length; a hundred centimetres
  2. 2 [countable, uncountable] (abbreviation m) used in the name of races She came second in the 200 metres. the 4 × 100 metre(s) relay
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] the arrangement of strong and weak stresses in lines of poetry that produces the rhythm; a particular example of this She knows a lot about verse metre. poems in a variety of metres See related entries: Poetry
  4. Word Originsenses 1 to 2 late 18th cent.: from French mètre, from Greek metron ‘measure’.sense 3 Old English, reinforced in Middle English by Old French metre, from Latin metrum, from Greek metron ‘measure’.