Simple Definition of furlong
: a unit of distance equal to 220 yards (about 201.2 meters) or 1/8 of a mile
Full Definition of furlong
: a unit of distance equal to 220 yards (about 201 meters)
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Furlong is an English original and can be traced back to Old English "furlang," a combination of the noun "furh" ("furrow") and the adjective "lang" ("long"). Though now standardized as a length of 220 yards (or 1/8th of a mile), the furlong was originally defined less precisely as the length of a furrow in a cultivated field. This length was equal to the long side of an acre-an area originally defined as the amount of arable land that could be plowed by a yoke of oxen in a day, but later standardized as an area measuring 220 yards (one furlong) by 22 yards, and now defined as any area measuring 4,840 square yards. In contemporary usage, "furlong" is often encountered in references to horse racing.
Origin of furlong
Middle English, from Old English furlang, from furh furrow + lang long
First Known Use: 14th century
Rhymes with furlong
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Definition of furlong for Students
: a unit of length equal to 220 yards (about 201 meters)
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