metre etymology

English word metre comes from Ancient Greek (to 1453) μέτρον, and later Latin metrum (A measure.)

Detailed word origin of metre

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
μέτρον Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
metrum Latin (lat) A measure.
mètre French (fra) Metre/meter.
metre English (eng) The basic unit of length in the International System of Units (SI: Système International d'Unités), equal to the distance travelled by light in a vacuum in 1/299 792 458 seconds. The metre is equal to 39+47⁄127 (approximately 39.37) imperial inches. (British, rare).

Words with the same origin as metre

Descendants of μέτρον
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