an ancient unit of linear measure, about 18-22 inches (45.4-55.5 cm): originally the length of a man's arm from the end of the middle finger to the elbow
Origin of cubitMiddle English and Old English from Classical Latin cubitum, the elbow, cubit: for Indo-European base see cube
An ancient unit of linear measure, originally equal to the length of the forearm from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow, or about 17 to 22 inches (43 to 56 centimeters).
Origin of cubitMiddle English cubite from Latin cubitum cubit, elbow
OriginSee also: qubit
From Latin cubitum (“elbow, cubit”).