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

Origin of hundredweight

First recorded in 1570–80; hundred + weight Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hundredweight

Historical Examples of hundredweight

  • How absurd for a man, if he cannot carry half a hundredweight, to attempt to carry a whole!

  • More than a hundredweight and a half of fish for twelve pence sterling!

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Nicodemus brought a large quantity of myrrh and aloes, about a hundredweight.

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

  • It contained a hundredweight or a hundredweight and a half of sugar—if it contained sugar at all.

    Lady Bountiful

    George A. Birmingham

  • So they paid a hundredweight of gold to the peasant, who was not scolded, but kissed.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales

    Hans Christian Andersen

British Dictionary definitions for hundredweight


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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