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Meaning of miles by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • Myles


    From Old French given name Milo, of problematic origin, possibly from an unknown Germanic element, or a short form of Slavonic names beginning with mil- "grace, favor". The English form is associated by folk etymology with Latin mīles ( “soldier” ) .


    • Rhymes: -aɪlz

    Proper noun


    1. A male given name.
      • 1858 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Courtship of Miles Standish:
        Clad in doublet and hose, and boots of Cordovan leather, / Strode, with a martial air, Miles Standish the Puritan Captain .
    2. A patronymic surname, also derived from a Middle English form of Michael .

    See also

    • Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: A Concise Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press 2001 .