Definition of virgate in US English:



  • A varying measure of land, typically 30 acres.

    • ‘Peter renounced his claim on the messuage and two virgates and in return Roger gave half the mill at Wycherly to Peter and the use of his woods.’
    • ‘These villages were then spelt Blachesleune and Atenestone and containing seven hides and one virgate of land.’
    • ‘Now, allowing for variation in the size of acres, it may be that those two virgates were Pinnocks Field.’
    • ‘Two knights hold three virgates and ten acres from Harduin in Caldecote.’
    • ‘It was his own property, served by a poor priest in return for glebe land of 2 virgates, twice as much as a ceorl.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin virgatus, from virga ‘rod’.