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[fur-lawng, -long] /ˈfɜr lɔŋ, -lɒŋ/
a unit of distance, equal to 220 yards (201 meters) or ⅛ mile (0.2 km).
Abbreviation: fur.
Origin of furlong
before 900; Middle English; Old English furlang length of a furrow. See furrow, long1 Unabridged
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  • furlong admitted the excellence of the observation, and said, in a very soft voice, that Love was blind also.

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
  • The House of Turriepuffit stood about a furlong from David's cottage.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • Sometimes in Latin this sense of furlong is rendered by quarentina: unam rodam in quarentina de Newedich: Fines, ed.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • His house was scarcely a furlong distant, yet he was an hour crawling to it.

  • I had scarce got to the top of the first hill when I spied a light on my left, about a furlong away.

    St. Ives Robert Louis Stevenson
  • "What a strange pack of people I have got amongst," thought furlong.

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
  • He was a furlong or more from the spot before he quite realized the danger he had escaped.

    After London Richard Jefferies
  • "I'll be down with you as soon as I am dwessed, sir," replied furlong.

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
  • "There certainly is a vewy gweat mistake somewhere," said furlong, who was now bent on a very direct question.

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
British Dictionary definitions for furlong


a unit of length equal to 220 yards (201.168 metres)
Word Origin
Old English furlang, from furhfurrow + langlong1
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Word Origin and History for furlong

Old English furlang measure of distance of roughly 220 yards, originally the length of a furrow in the common field of 10 acres, from furh "furrow" + lang "long." The "acre" of the common field being variously measured, the furlong was fixed 9c. on the classical stadium, one-eighth of a Roman mile.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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