[ haf-gal-uhn, hahf- ]


  1. a half of a gallon, equal to 2 quarts (1.9 liters).


  1. holding or consisting of two quarts.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of half-gallon1

First recorded in 1650–60

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Example Sentences

Three years later, Washington came armed with ample alcohol—enough for a half gallon for every voter—and won with 331 votes.

Item 10 “Taxable refunds”… $1.98 at Safeway for a half gallon of milk that was past its sell-by date.

Girls weighed 90 pounds and barfed after eating a whole half-gallon of butter pecan ice cream.

Heat six gallons of water and put in three and a half pounds of soft soap and a half gallon of clean refuse oil.

This is the way they brewed it: A round-bottomed kettle was sitting on the brick range, with a half gallon of boiling water in it.

It struck me that a pound of fresh Rio coffee berry ought to make a half gallon of rather powerful coffee.

The missionary put his hand into this sawdust, and drew out a half-gallon can.

Peel and cut into pieces a large squash that will, when cooked fill a half gallon.





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