- a liquid and also dry measure of capacity, equal to one half of a liquid and dry quart respectively, approximately 35 cubic inches (0.473 liter). Abbreviation: pt, pt.
Origin of pint
Examples from the Web for pint
That year, on August 10, the first woman stepped in for a pint.The Bars That Made America Great
December 28, 2014
I order a pint a Fula Farmacia, Casa Bruja's 4.7 percent Blond Ale.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
As President, the Father of the Constitution James Madison drank a pint a day.The Booze That Saved America
November 8, 2014
This continues until an impossibly huge amount of ice cream is compressed into the pint.Dr. Mike’s Makes the Best Ice Cream on Earth
Jane & Michael Stern
July 27, 2014
Franklin might have been describing James Madison, father of the Constitution, who drank a pint of whiskey every day.Life, Liberty, and the Founding Fathers’ Pursuit of Hoppiness
July 4, 2014
His own contained still about a pint, and this he poured into one of hers.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
When the soup is nearly done, stir in half a pint of Madeira.
To two quarts of oysters add a pint of water, and let them set an hour.
Have ready a pint of rice that has been well picked, washed, and soaked.
Stir them for some time into half a pint of thick melted butter.
- a unit of liquid measure of capacity equal to one eighth of a gallon. 1 Brit pint is equal to 0.568 litre, 1 US pint to 0.473 litre
- a unit of dry measure of capacity equal to one half of a quart. 1 US dry pint is equal to one sixty-fourth of a US bushel or 0.5506 litre
- a measure having such a capacity
- British informal
- a pint of beer
- a drink of beerhe's gone out for a pint
Word Origin and History for pint
mid-14c., from Old French pinte "liquid measure, pint" (13c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *pincta (source of Old Provençal, Spanish, Italian pinta), altered from Latin picta "painted," fem. past participle of pingere "to paint" (see paint (v.)), on notion of a painted mark on a vessel indicating this measure. Used elliptically for "pint of ale" (or beer) from 1742. Pint-sized "small" (especially in reference to children) is recorded from 1938.
- A unit of volume or capacity in the US Customary System, used in liquid measure, equal to 16 fluid ounces, 28.875 cubic inches, or .473 liter.
- A unit of volume or capacity in the US Customary System, used in dry measure, equal to 12 quart or 0.551liter.
- A unit of liquid volume or capacity in the US Customary System, equal to 16 fluid ounces or 28.88 cubic inches (about 0.47 liter).
- A unit of dry volume or capacity used in the US Customary System, equal to 12 of a quart or 34.6 cubic inches (about 0.55 liter). See Table at measurement.