quintal

[ kwin-tl ]
/ ˈkwɪn tl /
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noun

a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms (220.5 avoirdupois pounds).

Nearby words

  1. quint major,
  2. quint minor,
  3. quint.,
  4. quinta,
  5. quintain,
  6. quintan,
  7. quintana roo,
  8. quintant,
  9. quinte,
  10. quintefoil

Origin of quintal

1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin quintāle < Arabic qinṭār weight of a hundred pounds, probably ≪ Latin centēnārius. Cf. centenary, kantar, kilderkin

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British Dictionary definitions for quintal

quintal

/ (ˈkwɪntəl) /

noun

a unit of weight equal to 100 pounds
a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms

Word Origin for quintal

C15: via Old French from Arabic qintār, possibly from Latin centēnārius consisting of a hundred

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Word Origin and History for quintal

quintal

n.

"a weight of a hundred pounds," c.1400, from Old French quintal "hundredweight," and directly from Medieval Latin quintale, from Arabic quintar, from Late Greek kentenarion, from Latin centenarius "containing a hundred" (see centenary).

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