Simple Definition of mile
: a unit of measurement equal to 5,280 feet (about 1,609 meters)
miles : a great distance
: a race that is a mile long
Full Definition of mile
: with great speed <talking a mile a minute>
Examples of mile
We passed mile after mile of beautiful scenery as we drove through the country.
We traveled over miles of dirt road.
The car was traveling at 70 miles per hour.
We were miles from home.
We still have miles to go.
The beach stretched on for miles and miles.
Origin of mile
Middle English, from Old English mīl, from Latin milia miles, from milia passuum, literally, thousands of paces, from milia, plural of mille thousand
First Known Use: before 12th century
MILE Defined for Kids
Definition of mile
1 : a measure of distance (statute mile) equal to 5280 feet (1609 meters)
2 : a measure of distance (geographical mile or nautical mile) used in air and sea travel equal to about 6076 feet (1852 meters)
History for mile
In English we use the word mile for two different lengths. Though the ancient Roman mile was not the same as either of these, the English word mile comes from the Latin name for the Roman mile. This Latin word, milia, came from the phrase milia passuum, literally, “thousands of steps.” From the Latin word for “thousand,” mille, we also get the words mill (a thousandth of a dollar) and million (a thousand thousands).
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