Definition of metaphrast in English:

metaphrast

(also metaphrastes)

noun

rare, historical, archaic
  • A person who paraphrases a literary work or puts a composition into a different literary form, e.g. by turning prose into verse, or one metre into another. Also: a translator, especially one who makes a literal, word-for-word translation.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From post-classical Latin metaphrastes from Byzantine Greek μεταϕράστης from Hellenistic Greek μεταϕράζειν + -της, suffix forming agent nouns.

Pronunciation

metaphrast

/ˈmɛtəfrast/