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The English word mile has Latin origins.

It is derived from "milia passuum," meaning 1,000 paces. These paces, as marched by Roman soldiers in double step, were the equival-ent of about 5 feet, and the mile originally measured 5,000 feet.About the year 1500, the English statute mile was amended to measure 5,280 feet, or 1.6093 kilometers.