[ pahynt ]
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  1. a liquid and also dry measure of capacity, equal to one half of a liquid and dry quart respectively, approximately 35 cubic inches (0.473 liter). Abbreviations: pt, pt.

Origin of pint

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English pynte, from Old French pinte or Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pinte Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pint in a sentence

  • We wuz boss and hoss on the first two games; on the saw-off we had four pints apiece.

  • Schultetus, opening the abdomen of a human body, found twelve pints of water, and a large lock of hair swimming loosely in it.

  • Of the latter, the full allowance per head per day for cooking and all other purposes was seven pints, now to be reduced to six.

  • Or, "The large black cow yields daily six pints of milk more than the brindled cow."

    The Poniard's Hilt | Eugne Sue
  • The croupier has immediately in front of him a pile of bright copper cash, perhaps two pints.

    Life and sport in China | Oliver G. Ready

British Dictionary definitions for pint


/ (paɪnt) /

  1. a unit of liquid measure of capacity equal to one eighth of a gallon. 1 Brit pint is equal to 0.568 litre, 1 US pint to 0.473 litre

  2. a unit of dry measure of capacity equal to one half of a quart. 1 US dry pint is equal to one sixty-fourth of a US bushel or 0.5506 litre

  1. a measure having such a capacity

  2. British informal

    • a pint of beer

    • a drink of beer: he's gone out for a pint

Origin of pint

C14: from Old French pinte, of uncertain origin; perhaps from Medieval Latin pincta marks used in measuring liquids, ultimately from Latin pingere to paint; compare Middle Low German, Middle Dutch pinte

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for pint


[ pīnt ]

  1. A unit of liquid volume or capacity in the US Customary System, equal to 16 fluid ounces or 28.88 cubic inches (about 0.47 liter).

  2. A unit of dry volume or capacity used in the US Customary System, equal to 12 of a quart or 34.6 cubic inches (about 0.55 liter). See Table at measurement.

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