hundredweight

[ huhn-drid-weyt ]
/ ˈhʌn drɪdˌweɪt /

noun, plural hun·dred·weights, (as after a numeral) hun·dred·weight.

Also called cental, quintal. a unit of avoirdupois weight commonly equivalent to 100 pounds (45.359 kilograms) in the U.S. Abbreviation: cwt

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Origin of hundredweight

First recorded in 1570–80; hundred + weight
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British Dictionary definitions for hundredweight

hundredweight
/ (ˈhʌndrədˌweɪt) /

noun plural -weights or -weight

Also called: long hundredweight British a unit of weight equal to 112 pounds or 50.802 35 kilograms
Also called: short hundredweight US and Canadian a unit of weight equal to 100 pounds or 45.359 24 kilograms
Also called: metric hundredweight a metric unit of weight equal to 50 kilograms
Abbreviation (for senses 1, 2): cwt
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