- a common unit of capacity in English-speaking countries, equal to four quarts, the U.S. standard gallon being equal to 231 cubic inches (3.7853 liters), and the British imperial gallon to 277.42 cubic inches (4.546 liters). Abbreviation: gal.
Origin of gallon
Examples from the Web for gallon
The result is that a gallon of milk at the local market costs $12.55.Our Trip to The Climate War's Ground Zero
September 19, 2014
“These people act like we drink a gallon of blood and hang upside down from crucifixes before we go onstage,” Rob Halford says.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
June 28, 2014
Every gallon of ice cream you purchase in the Grand Canyon State is guaranteed to weigh at least four and a half pounds.It’s Still Legal to Fire Gays in Arizona
February 27, 2014
And once or twice a week, I will brew three gallon batches of iced tea, and put it in refrigeration.How I Write: Michael Connelly
January 8, 2014
Gas is $8.00 a gallon, so those forced to use these designated routes are wasting both time and money they don't have.Israeli Bypass Roads: Separate But Unequal
August 12, 2013
To every gallon of water you must take a gallon of cowslips.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
"And I know I must have lost a gallon of blood," said Harry.
Let them settle, then pour in one gallon of the best wine vinegar; and add to every four gallons, one gallon of foreign brandy.
Boil the barley, previously washed, in six quarts of water, which when boiled sufficiently soft will be reduced to a gallon.
Pick eight ounces of English saffron very clean, cut it fine, and steep it twenty-four hours in a gallon of the best white wine.
- Also called: imperial gallon British a unit of capacity equal to 277.42 cubic inches. 1 Brit gallon is equivalent to 1.20 US gallons or 4.55 litres
- US a unit of capacity equal to 231 cubic inches. 1 US gallon is equivalent to 0.83 imperial gallon or 3.79 litres
- (plural) great quantities
Word Origin and History for gallon
liquid measure, late 13c., from Old North French galon, corresponding to Old French jalon "liquid measure," related to jale "bowl," from Medieval Latin diminutive form galleta "bucket, pail," also "a measure of wine," of unknown origin, perhaps from Gaulish galla "vessel."
- A unit of volume in the US Customary System, used in liquid measure, equal to 4 quarts, 231 cubic inches, or 8.3389 pounds of distilled water (3.7853 liters).
- A unit of liquid volume or capacity in the US Customary System equal to 4 quarts (3.79 liters). See Table at measurement.