Definition of ell noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//el//
; NAmE NAmE//el//
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a unit used in the past for measuring cloth, equal to about 45 inches or 115 centimetres Word OriginOld English eln, of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin ulna (see ulna). Compare with elbow and also with cubit (the measure was originally linked to the length of the human arm or forearm).

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