Origin of tonne
From French, dating back to 1900–05; see origin at ton1
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Examples from the Web for tonne
He says it was "a pretty Pynnace of about some thirty tonne."The Popham Colony
William Frederick Poole
Is there any specific account of the "tonne in Cornhyll" existing?
That is nat so for whan one parte is gone another dothe encrease, and it chansythe dyuersly euyn as the tonne of Canaidus.The Pilgrimage of Pure Devotion
When he comes to large weights, does he not commonly abjure the 1,000 kilos and write one tonne?
I think it is Chamfort who says, that "un sot qui a un moment d'esprit, tonne et scandalise comme des chevaux de fiacre au galop."Paris and the Parisians in 1835 (Vol. 2 of 2)
- a unit of mass equal to 1000 kg or 2204.6 poundsAlso called (not in technical use): metric ton
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Word Origin and History for tonne
1877, French form of ton, adopted for English use to denote a metric ton (1,000 kg.).
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