[ hin ]
/ hɪn /


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

Origin of hin

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin (Vulgate) < Greek (Septuagint) < Hebrew hīn < Egyptian hnw a liquid measure, literally, jar
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/ (hɪn) /


a Hebrew unit of capacity equal to about 12 pints or 3.5 litres

Word Origin for hin

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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