[mawr-guh n]


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

Examples from the Web for morgen

Contemporary Examples of morgen

Historical Examples of morgen

  • It corresponds to the German "morgen" and the French "journée."

    The Beauties of Nature

    Sir John Lubbock

  • This is sometimes reckoned to contain 160, but sometimes 120 Morgen.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • Thus in Kln, the Morgen is 3172 ares, the Waldmorgen 3806 ares.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • He said he reckoned that such land would carry four sheep a morgen.


    John Buchan

  • Alba war gerade damit2 beschftigt sich zu schmcken, als Zeitvertreib, nachdem sie den3 ganzen Morgen Gold gehaspelt.

British Dictionary definitions for morgen



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper