- The definition of a liter is a unit for measuring volume in the metric system.
An example of a liter is a bottle containing 33.76 ounces or 1.0567 quarters of soda.
the basic unit of volume or capacity in the metric system, equal to 33.76 fluid ounces or 1.0567 liquid quarts (0.9081 dry quarts or 61.0237 cubic inches); the volume of one cubic decimeter or one kilogram of water at its maximum density at 4°C: abbrev. l or L
Brit. sp. litre
Origin of literFrench litre ; from litron, obsolete unit of measure ; from Medieval Latin litra ; from Classical Greek a pound
nounAbbr. l or lit.
A metric unit of volume equal to approximately 1.056 liquid quarts, 0.908 dry quart, or 0.264 gallon. See Table at measurement.
Origin of literFrench litre, from obsolete litron, measure of capacity, from Medieval Latin lītra, from Greek, unit of weight.