avoirdupois[av′ər də po̵iz′]
- avoirdupois weight
- ☆ Informal heaviness or weight, esp. of a person
Origin of avoirdupoisMiddle English aver de poiz ; from Old French aveir de peis ; from aveir, goods (; from Classical Latin habere, to have) + de (; from Classical Latin de), of + peis (; from Classical Latin pensum), weight
- Abbr. av. or avdp. Avoirdupois weight.
- Informal Weight or heaviness, especially of a person.
Origin of avoirdupoisMiddle English avoir de pois, commodities sold by weight, alteration of Old French aveir de peis, goods of weight : aveir, avoir, to have (from Latin habēre; see able) + de, of (from Latin dē, from; see de–) + peis, pois, weight (from Vulgar Latin *pēsum, from Latin pēnsum, past participle of pendere, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots).