Definition of furlong in English:


Syllabification: fur·long
Pronunciation: /ˈfərˌlôNG


An eighth of a mile, 220 yards.
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  • Eight furlongs into the ten furlong race, Gatwick looked to have next to no chance.
  • The roar of the crowd must have been music to the ears of McCoy, who never looked back and led for all two miles and five furlongs of the race.
  • This is a promising young horse, who is likely to relish every yard of the two miles and six furlongs.


Old English furlang, from furh 'furrow' + lang 'long' The word originally denoted the length of a furrow in a common field (formally regarded as a square of ten acres). It was also used as the equivalent of the Roman stadium, one eighth of a Roman mile, whence the current sense. Compare with stadium.

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