Definition of mensural in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmen(t)SH(ə)rəl/
Pronunciation: /ˈmens(ə)rəl/


1Of or involving measuring: mensural investigations
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  • We measured the asymmetry of five mensural and seven meristic characters of 175 collared lizards from north-central Oklahoma.
  • The method of investigation was substantially as follows: Tables of the minimum, maximum and average of the four mensural characters of a bird were selected for investigation, namely, length of wing, of tail, of tarsus, and of bill.
1.1 Music Involving notes of definite duration and usually a regular meter.
Example sentences
  • Table 1 shows the time signatures commonly found in Western mensural music since about 1700.
  • A Josquin mensural canon highlighted the unusual nature of this group's repertoire and rounded off their stimulating recital with fresh imagination.
  • In Mensural Notation, several notes can be combined together to form ligatures.


Late 16th century: from Latin mensuralis, from mensura 'measure'.

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Syllabification: men·su·ral

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