Definition of mensural in US English:



  • 1Of or involving measuring.

    ‘mensural investigations’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We measured the asymmetry of five mensural and seven meristic characters of 175 collared lizards from north-central Oklahoma.’
    1. 1.1Music Involving notes of definite duration and usually a regular meter.
      • ‘Table 1 shows the time signatures commonly found in Western mensural music since about 1700.’
      • ‘In Mensural Notation, several notes can be combined together to form ligatures.’
      • ‘A Josquin mensural canon highlighted the unusual nature of this group's repertoire and rounded off their stimulating recital with fresh imagination.’


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