The definition of a pint is a liquid measurement equal to 16 fluid ounces in the U.S. and slightly more in British measure, or a container that holds this amount of fluid.
An example of a pint is the standard size of beer served in a British brewery.
- a unit of liquid measure, equal to of a liquid quart or 16 fluid ounces (4 gills or 0.4732 liquid liter): the British and Canadian imperial pint equals 0.5682 liquid liter
- a unit of dry measure, equal to of a dry quart or peck (0.5506 dry liter or 33.6003 cubic inches)
- any container with a capacity of one pint
- Brit., Informal a pint of beer
Origin of pintMiddle English pynte ; from Middle French pinte ; from Medieval Latin pinta, probably ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pincta, for Classical Latin picta, feminine past participle of pingere, to paint: origin, originally probably a spot marking the level in a measure
- Abbr. pt. or p.a. A unit of volume or capacity in the US Customary System, used in liquid measure, equal to 1/8 gallon or 16 ounces (0.473 liter).b. A unit of volume or capacity in the US Customary System, used in dry measure, equal to 1/16 peck or 1/2 quart (0.551 liter).c. A unit of volume or capacity in the British Imperial System, used in dry and liquid measure, equal to 0.568 liter. See Table at measurement.
- a. A container with a pint capacity.b. The amount of a substance that can be held in such a container.
Origin of pintMiddle English pinte, a unit of volume, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *pīncta, mark on a container, from feminine of *pīnctus, alteration of Latin pictus, past participle of pingere, to paint; see peig- in Indo-European roots.
- A unit of volume, equivalent to â…› of a gallon or
- (UK) A pint of milk.
- Please leave three pints tomorrow, milkman
- (euphemistic) A glass of beer, served by the pint.