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If there’s one measurement unit that’s commonly confused, it’s the meter and yard. While both measure distance, the meter is an SI unit of measurement that’s used around the world while the yard is a British imperial or US customary unit of length. To convert a meter to a yard, simply multiply your meter value by the conversion ratio: 1.093613 yards per meter.
The metre (symbol: m) is the SI base unit of length and is used globally to describe distance, height, and other quantities. Its name is derived from the Latin word for a measure of a hundredth of a meter, which is equal to 3 feet or 36 inches.
A yard is an Imperial and US measurement unit that’s used primarily for land measurements and for sports fields such as football or soccer. It is also widely used in the United Kingdom as a shorthand measurement for distance, and road signs often display shorter distances in yards. Since 1959, a yard has been defined as exactly 0.9144 meters, 3 feet, or 36 inches. This article was last updated in June 2019.