Pronunciation Noun

ell (plural ells)

  1. (historical) A measure for cloth. An English ell was frac 1 yards (45 inches), whereas a Scottish ell measured only about 37 inches and a Flemish ell was frac 3 yard (27 inches).
Translations Noun

ell (plural ells)

  1. (rare) The name of the Latin script letter L
  2. An extension usually at right angles to one end of a building.
    • 1931, H. P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer in Darkness, chapter 4:
      I could hear them snapping and tearing around, and then one managed to get on the roof by jumping from the low ell.
  3. Something that is L-shaped.


  1. (biochemistry) Abbreviation of ELL (gene) (“RNA polymerase II elongation factor}”): an enzyme found in Cajal bodies.
  2. (education) Initialism of English-language learner

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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