Medieval Glossary


An inch is a basic English unit of measurement of distance that was carried over from Roman times. It is one-twelfth (1/12) part of a foot and is a derivative of the Latin word uncia, meaning "twelfth part." In Old English the inch was called ynce and in Middle English it was called unche.

Related term(s): Foot; Palm; Hand; Yard
Category: Weights and Measures
Added: 10.05.04
Source information: Online Etymology Dictionary


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