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  1. an ancient Hebrew unit of liquid measure equal to about one and one half gallons (5.7 liters).
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Origin of hin

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin (Vulgate) < Greek (Septuagint) < Hebrew hīn < Egyptian hnw a liquid measure, literally, jar
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Examples from the Web for hin

Historical Examples

  • Hin an' out then yer may go as yer pleases; there'll be naught to interfere.

    Sue, A Little Heroine

    L. T. Meade

  • But 'tis jest equal sartin as a magistrate 'ud bring you hin guilty.

  • To which he replied, “I didn't say hin a hague hin, I says Hand her hague hin.”

  • But hall the more call for a hescort if they should ev it hin their mawnds to gow.

  • Bit hawbitrairy, preps; but hin a genlmn you looks for sich.

British Dictionary definitions for hin


  1. a Hebrew unit of capacity equal to about 12 pints or 3.5 litres
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Word Origin

from Late Latin, from Greek, from Hebrew hīn, from Egyptian hnw
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Word Origin and History for hin


Old English hine, accusative of he; replaced by dative him in early Middle English; cognate with German ihn. Surviving somewhat in s.w. English and Kentish dialect.

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