- avoirdupois weight.
- Informal. bodily weight: He carries around a lot of excess avoirdupois.
Origin of avoirdupois
Examples from the Web for avoirdupois
Its owner seems to take as much pride in her bones as the big girls of Rubens could take in their avoirdupois.Skin, Bones and Beauty
August 15, 2012
A single pair has been known to weigh as much as 60 pounds avoirdupois!The Hunters' Feast
With the avoirdupois of Miss Jolliboy, life would appear a desert.Vagabondia
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Estimate the value of Westminster Abbey in the Avoirdupois measure.Hieroglyphics
Coal is measured by the ton of two thousand pounds avoirdupois.Foods and Household Management
So, as there is no virtue in avoirdupois, there is no ‘greatness’ in mere numbers.Mr. Oseba's Last Discovery
George W. Bell
- a system of weights used in many English-speaking countries. It is based on the pound, which contains 16 ounces or 7000 grains. 100 pounds (US) or 112 pounds (Brit) is equal to 1 hundredweight and 20 hundredweights equals 1 tonAbbreviation: avdp, avoir
Word Origin and History for avoirdupois
1650s, misspelling of Middle English avoir-de-peise (c.1300), from Old French avoir de pois "goods of weight," from aveir "property, goods" (noun use of aveir "have") + peis "weight," from Latin pensum, neuter of pendere "to weigh" (see pendant (n.)). After late 15c., the standard system of weights used in England for all goods except precious metals, precious stones, and medicine.
- Avoirdupois weight.