Origin of tonne

From French, dating back to 1900–05; see origin at ton1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a unit of mass equal to 1000 kg or 2204.6 poundsAlso called (not in technical use): metric ton

Word Origin for tonne

from French
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Word Origin and History for tonne

1877, French form of ton, adopted for English use to denote a metric ton (1,000 kg.).

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