furlong

[fur-lawng, -long]
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noun

a unit of distance, equal to 220 yards (201 meters) or ⅛ mile (0.2 km). Abbreviation: fur.

Nearby words

  1. furious,
  2. furiously,
  3. furkid,
  4. furl,
  5. furl.,
  6. furlough,
  7. furmenty,
  8. furmint,
  9. furmity,
  10. furnace

Origin of furlong

before 900; Middle English; Old English furlang length of a furrow. See furrow, long1

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British Dictionary definitions for furlong

furlong

noun

a unit of length equal to 220 yards (201.168 metres)

Word Origin for furlong

Old English furlang, from furh furrow + lang long 1

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Word Origin and History for furlong

furlong

n.

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.

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