From Middle English myle, mile, from Old English mīl, from Proto-West Germanic *mīliju, a borrowing of Latin mīlia, mīllia, plural of mīle, mīlle (“mile”) (literally ‘thousand’ but used as a short form of mīlle passūs (“a thousand paces”)).
mile (plural miles or (UK colloquial) mile)
- The international mile: a unit of length precisely equal to 1.609344 kilometers established by treaty among Anglophone nations in 1959, divided into 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards.
- Turn left in 1.2 miles.
- You need to go about three mile down the road. (UK colloquial plural)
- Any of several customary units of length derived from the 1593 English statute mile of 8 furlongs, equivalent to 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards of various precise values.
- 1892, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate: A Novel, page 16:
- Athelstan Arundel walked home all the way, foaming and raging. No omnibus, cab, or conveyance ever built could contain a young man in such a rage. His mother lived at Pembridge Square, which is four good measured miles from Lincoln's Inn.
- 2013 June 8, “The new masters and commanders”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 52:
- From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. […] But viewed from high up in one of the growing number of skyscrapers in Sri Lanka’s capital, it is clear that something extraordinary is happening: China is creating a shipping hub just 200 miles from India’s southern tip.
- Any of many customary units of length derived from the Roman mile (mille passus) of 8 stades or 5,000 Roman feet.
- The Scandinavian mile: a unit of length precisely equal to 10 kilometers defined in 1889.
- Any of many customary units of length from other measurement systems of roughly similar values, as the Chinese (里) or Arabic mile (al-mīl).
- (travel) An airline mile in a frequent flyer program.
- (informal) Any similarly large distance.
- The shot missed by a mile.
- (slang) A race of 1 mile's length; a race of around 1 mile's length (usually 1500 or 1600 meters)
- The runners competed in the mile.
- (slang) One mile per hour, as a measure of speed.
- five miles over the speed limit
- air mile
- Arab mile, Arabic mile, Arabian mile
- Chinese mile
- country mile
- Curry Mile
- geographic mile, geographical mile
- Imperial mile
- in for an inch, in for a mile
- international mile
- Irish mile
- Italian mile
- land mile
- last mile
- metric mile
- mile-a-minute, mile a minute
- Mile End
- nautical mile
- Roman mile
- Scandinavian mile
- Scots mile, Scottish mile
- sea mile
- Six Mile Bottom
- square mile, Square Mile
- statute mile
- survey mile
- Ten Mile Bank
- ton mile
- train mile
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mile m (plural miles)
- “mile”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- mile (unit of measure)
- millet (grass used as grain)
- The seed of millet.
- English: mile (obsolete)
- “mī̆le, n.(2).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-06-08.
- Alternative form of
- one thousand
- Middle French: mille, mil, mile
- French: mille (see there for further descendants)
- Norman: mille (Jersey)
See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.
- mile in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
- mile in Polish dictionaries at PWN
mile f pl
- plural of
- inflection of :
- Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 56