- hundredweight (sense )
- a unit of weight in the metric system, equal to 100 kilograms (220.4623 pounds avoirdupois): abbrev. q or ql
Origin of quintalMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Medieval Latin quintale ; from Arabic qintār, ultimately ; from Classical Latin centenarius: see centenary
- A unit of mass in the metric system equal to 100 kilograms.
- See hundredweight.
Origin of quintalMiddle English, a unit of weight, from Old French, from Medieval Latin quintāle, from Arabic qin&tlowdot;ār, from Late Greek kentēnarion, from Late Latin centēnārium (pondus), hundred(weight), from Latin centēnārius, of a hundred; see centenary.
- (now historical) A measure of weight originally equal to a hundred pounds; later, a hundredweight.
- One hundred kilograms.