Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Ell (from Latin ulna, the elbow), a measure formerly commonly much used in Europe, and supposed to be the length of the forearm. It is thought to have been introduced into England from France during the Tudor period. There is much difference between the ells of different nations - that of England being 45 inches, that of Scotland a little over 37 inches, and that of Flanders 27 inches.