: a measure of distance (statute mile) equal to 5280 feet (1609 meters)
: a measure of distance (geographical mile or nautical mile) used in air and sea travel equal to about 6076 feet (1852 meters)
Word History of 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).