[ mawr-guh n ]
/ ˈmɔr gən /


a unit of land measure equal to about two acres (0.8 hectare), formerly in use in Holland and the Dutch colonies and still used in South Africa.
a unit equal to about two-thirds of an acre (0.3 hectare), formerly used in Prussia, Norway, and Denmark.

Origin of morgen

1620–30, Americanism; < Dutch morgen and German Morgen morgen, morning (as much land as one plows in a morning) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for morgen


/ (ˈmɔːɡən) /


a South African unit of area, equal to about two acres or 0.8 hectare
a unit of area, formerly used in Prussia and Scandinavia, equal to about two thirds of an acre

Word Origin for morgen

C17: from Dutch: morning, a morning's ploughing
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Word Origin and History for morgen



old measure of land in Holland (hence also in South Africa and colonial New York and New Jersey), roughly two acres, probably identical with Dutch morgen "morning" (see morn) and meaning "the amount of land one man can plow in a morning."

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