Definition of morgen in English:



  • 1A measure of land, in particular.

    • ‘In 1731, farmers were allowed to register land in erfpacht for fifteen years with an annual payment of twenty-four riksdollars for a sixty morgen farm.’
    • ‘The farm is 5600 morgen and the price included the cost of sheep, cattle and farming implements.’
    1. 1.1 (in the Netherlands, South Africa, and parts of the US) a measure of land equal to about 0.8 hectare or two acres.
    2. 1.2 (in Norway, Denmark, and Germany) a measure of land now equal to about 0.3 hectare or two thirds of an acre.


Early 17th century: from Dutch, or from German Morgen morning apparently from the notion of “an area of land that can be plowed in a morning.”.