Is a Meter Longer Than a Yard?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 26, 2020 8:30:06 AM ET

A meter is only slightly longer than a yard, as 1 meter equals 39.37 inches, or 1.0936 yards. Alternatively, one yard is equal to 91.44 centimeters, whereas a meter is 100 centimeters.


To convert yards to meters, multiply the total length in meters by 1.0936. To convert meters to yards, divide the total length in yards by 91.44.

A yard measurement was originally meant to represent the length of an average person's stride, while a meter is defined as the distance light travels in a vacuum in approximately 1/3000 of a second. This has been its official destination since 1983.