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noun cu·bit \ˈkyü-bət\

Definition of cubit

  1. :  any of various ancient units of length based on the length of the forearm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger and usually equal to about 18 inches (46 centimeters)

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The cubit is an ancient unit of length that may have originated in Egypt close to 5,000 years ago. Cubit can refer to various units used in the ancient world, the actual length of which varied from time to time and place to place, but which was generally equivalent to the length of the human arm from elbow to fingertip-roughly about a foot and a half. (Appropriately, the word's source is a Latin word meaning "elbow.") Starting with the Wycliffe Bible in 1382, cubit has been used as the English translation for the measurement known in Biblical Hebrew as the ammah and in Koine as the péchus.

Origin and Etymology of cubit

Middle English, from Latin cubitum elbow, cubit


First Known Use: 14th century

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noun cu·bit \ˈkyü-bət\

Definition of cubit for Students

  1. :  a unit of length usually equal to about 18 inches (46 centimeters)


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