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  1. the aggregate number of miles traveled over in a given time.
  2. length, extent, or distance in miles.
  3. the number of miles or the average distance that a vehicle can travel on a specified quantity of fuel: the car gets good mileage.
  4. wear, use, advantage, or profit: She won't get much more mileage out of this old coat.
  5. an allowance for traveling expenses at a fixed rate per mile: His mileage came to $90.
  6. a fixed charge per mile, as for railroad transportation.
  7. mileage ticket.

Origin of mileage

An Americanism dating back to 1745–55; mile + -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for mileage

length, distance, range, space, span, measure

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British Dictionary definitions for mileage



  1. a distance expressed in miles
  2. the total number of miles that a motor vehicle has travelled
  3. allowance for travelling expenses, esp as a fixed rate per mile
  4. the number of miles a motor vehicle will travel on one gallon of fuel
  5. informal use, benefit, or service provided by somethingthis scheme has a lot of mileage left
  6. informal grounds, substance, or weightsome mileage in the objectors' arguments
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Word Origin and History for mileage

1754, "fixed rate per mile," from mile + -age. Meaning "a total number of miles" is from 1861.

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