Dictionary.com

cubit

[ kyoo-bit ]
/ ˈkyu bɪt /
Save This Word!

noun

an ancient linear unit based on the length of the forearm, from elbow to the tip of the middle finger, usually from 17 to 21 inches (43 to 53 centimeters).

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of cubit

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, Old English, from Latin cubitum “elbow, cubit”; perhaps akin to cubāre “to lie down”
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for cubit

cubit
/ (ˈkjuːbɪt) /

noun

an ancient measure of length based on the length of the forearm
C14: from Latin cubitum elbow, cubit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Get Online Help For Kids!