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ell

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[ el ]
/ ɛl /
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noun

an extension usually at right angles to one end of a building.
something that is L-shaped.

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Origin of ell

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First recorded in 1765–75; a spelling of the letter name, or by shortening of elbow

Definition for ell (2 of 2)

ell2
[ el ]
/ ɛl /

noun

a former measure of length, varying in different countries: in England equal to 45 inches (114 centimeters).

Origin of ell

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First recorded before 950; Middle English, Old English eln; cognate with Old Norse eln, Old High German elina, Gothic aleina, Latin ulna, Greek ōlénē. See elbow
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British Dictionary definitions for ell (1 of 2)

ell1
/ (ɛl) /

noun

an obsolete unit of length equal to approximately 45 inches

Word Origin for ell

Old English eln the forearm (the measure originally being from the elbow to the fingertips); related to Old High German elina, Latin ulna, Greek ōlenē

British Dictionary definitions for ell (2 of 2)

ell2
/ (ɛl) /

noun

an extension to a building, usually at right angles and located at one end
a pipe fitting, pipe, or tube with a sharp right-angle bend

Word Origin for ell

C20: a spelling of L, indicating a right angle
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