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  1. Also called statute mile. a unit of distance on land in English-speaking countries equal to 5,280 feet, or 1,760 yards (1.609 kilometers).

  1. any of various other units of distance or length at different periods and in different countries.: Compare Roman mile.

  2. a notable distance or margin: missed the target by a mile.Abbreviation: mi, mi.

Origin of mile

First recorded before 1000; Middle English; Old English mīl, from Latin mīlle (passus); mīlle, mīlia (passuum) “a thousand (paces), thousands of paces”

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How to use mile in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for mile


/ (maɪl) /

  1. Also called: statute mile a unit of length used in the UK, the US, and certain other countries, equal to 1760 yards. 1 mile is equivalent to 1.609 34 kilometres

  1. any of various units of length used at different times and places, esp the Roman mile, equivalent to 1620 yards

  2. (often plural) informal a great distance; great deal: he missed by a mile

  3. a race extending over a mile

  1. miles (intensifier): he likes his new job miles better

Origin of mile

Old English mīl, from Latin mīlia (passuum) a thousand (paces)

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Scientific definitions for mile


[ mīl ]

  1. A unit of length in the US Customary System, equal to 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards (about 1.61 kilometers). Also called statute mile

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Other Idioms and Phrases with mile


In addition to the idioms beginning with mile

  • mile a minute, a
  • miles and miles

also see:

  • miss by a mile
  • miss is as good as a mile
  • stick out (like a mile)

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