- of or pertaining to poetry, suitable for poetry, or for writing poetry.
- expressed in metrical form; exhibiting the imaginative or the rhythmical quality of poetry.
1749, Henry Fielding, chapter I, in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, London: A[ndrew] Millar, OCLC 928184292, book IV:
- That our work, therefore, might be in no danger of being likened to the labours of these historians, we have taken every occasion of interspersing through the whole sundry similes, descriptions, and other kind of poetical embellishments.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for poetical in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)