Want more Spanish etymologies? Let us know!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

logo

Mil and Mile

The Spanish for a “thousand,” mil, comes from the Latin milia, meaning the same. 

Here’s the interesting part: the ancient Romans would put a stake in the ground every thousand paces outside the city, to mark how far away you go. And that’s why, from the Latin word for a thousand, we get the English… mile.

Bonus: million comes from the same root – and literally means, “a thousand thousand!”

logo

© 2022 - All Rights Reserved | Contact | Privacy Policy, Terms & Conditions | Sitemap| Resources | Etymology Dictionaries To Help Us Learn Spanish

Hat Tip 🎩 to The Marketing Scientist