ton

1
[ tuhn ]
/ tʌn /

noun

Origin of ton

1
1350–1400; Middle English; variant of tun

Definition for ton (2 of 3)

ton

2
[ French tawn ]
/ French tɔ̃ /

noun, plural tons [French tawn] /French tɔ̃/.

high fashion; stylishness.
the current fashion, style, or vogue.

Origin of ton

2
1755–65; < French < Latin tonus tone
Related formston·ish, ton·nish [ton-ish] /ˈtɒn ɪʃ/, adjectiveton·ish·ly, ton·nish·ly, adverbton·ish·ness, ton·nish·ness, noun

Definition for ton (3 of 3)

-ton


a suffix formerly used to form nouns from adjectives: simpleton; singleton.

Origin of -ton

variant of dial. tone one (see tother)
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British Dictionary definitions for ton (1 of 3)

ton

1
/ (tʌn) /

noun

See also tons

Word Origin for ton

C14: variant of tun

British Dictionary definitions for ton (2 of 3)

ton

2
/ French (tɔ̃) /

noun

style, fashion, or distinction

Word Origin for ton

C18: from French, from Latin tonus tone

British Dictionary definitions for ton (3 of 3)

ton

3
/ (tʌn) /

noun

slang, mainly British a score or achievement of a hundred, esp a hundred miles per hour, as on a motorcycle

Word Origin for ton

C20: special use of ton 1 applied to quantities of one hundred
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Word Origin and History for ton

ton


n.

late 14c., tonne, unit for measuring the carrying capacity of a ship, originally "space occupied by a tun or cask of wine," thus identical to tun (q.v.). The two words were not differentiated until 1680s. The measure of weight is first recorded late 15c.; the spelling ton is from 1530s, and became firmly established 18c.

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Science definitions for ton

ton

[ tŭn ]

A unit of weight in the US Customary System equal to 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms). Also called short ton See Table at measurement.
A unit of weight in the US Customary System equal to 2,240 pounds (1,008 kilograms). Also called long ton See Table at measurement.
See metric ton.
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Idioms and Phrases with ton

ton


see like a ton of bricks.

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