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.
The officer is valuable for his dignity, avoirdupois, "bracelets," and other accessories.Courts and Criminals|Arthur Train
She had so far successfully fought down an hereditary tendency to avoirdupois.By the Light of the Soul|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
But before going, several of us stepped upon the scales to note the effect the climate would have upon our avoirdupois.To and Through Nebraska|Frances I. Sims Fulton
The photograph was made last December, when I was, so to speak, at my perihelion in the matter of avoirdupois.Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions|Slason Thompson
The production of silver in the Altai mines is about a thousand and fifty poods annually, or forty thousand pounds avoirdupois.Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life|Thomas Wallace Knox
British Dictionary definitions for avoirdupois
Word Origin for avoirdupois
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.