One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(A) A person who writes (especially skilfully) in metre; specifically a poet who is particularly adept in the handling of metre. (b) More generally: a metrical writer.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Bale (1495–1563), bishop of Ossory, evangelical polemicist, and historian. Either from post-classical Latin metrista from classical Latin metrum + -ista, or (especially in later instances) independently from metre + -ist.
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