Definitions for virgateˈvɜr gɪt, -geɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vir•gateˈvɜr gɪt, -geɪt(adj.)

  1. shaped like a rod or wand; long, slender, and straight.

Origin of virgate:

1815–25; < L virgātus; see virga , -ate1

vir•gateˈvɜr gɪt, -geɪt(n.)

  1. an early English measure of land, equal to about 30 acres (12 hectares).

    Category: Weights and Measures

Origin of virgate:

1645–55; < ML virgāta (terrae) measure (of land), fem. of L virgātus pertaining to a rod; see virgate1


  1. virgate(Noun)

    An early English measure of land of about 30 acres.

  2. virgate(Adjective)

    Shaped like a rod; straight, long and thin.

  3. virgate(Adjective)

    finely striped, often with dark fibers.

  4. Origin: From virgātus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Virgate(adj)

    having the form of a straight rod; wand-shaped; straight and slender

  2. Virgate(noun)

    a yardland, or measure of land varying from fifteen to forty acres


  1. Virgate

    The virgate or yardland was a unit of land area measurement used in medieval England, typically outside the Danelaw, and was held to be the amount of land that a team of two oxen could plough in a single annual season. It was equivalent to a quarter of a hide, so was nominally thirty acres. A ‘virgater’ would thus be a peasant who occupied or worked this area of land, and a ‘half virgater’ would be a person who occupied or worked about 15 acres. The Danelaw equivalent of a virgate was two oxgangs, or ‘bovates’: as these names imply, the oxgang or bovate was considered to represent the amount of land that could be worked in a single annual season by a single ox, and therefore equated to half a virgate. As such, the oxgang represented a parallel division of the carucate. Accordingly, a 'bovater' is the Danelaw equivalent of a half virgater. ‘Virgate’ is an anglicisation of the Medieval Latin virgata. In some parts of England, it was divided into four nooks. Nooks were occasionally further divided into a farundel.


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