quintal definition by Webster's New World
- hundredweight (sense )
- a unit of weight in the metric system, equal to 100 kilograms (220.4623 pounds avoirdupois): abbrev. q or ql
Origin: Middle English ; from Middle French ; from Midieval Latin quintale ; from Arabic qintār, ultimately ; from Classical Latin centenarius: see centenary
quintal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun Abbr. ql. or q.
- A unit of mass in the metric system equal to 100 kilograms.
- See hundredweight.
Origin: Middle English, a unit of weight, from Old French, from Medieval Latin quintāle, from Arabic qinṭār, from Late Greek kentēnarion, from Late Latin centēnārium (pondus), hundred(weight), from Latin centēnārius, of a hundred; see centenary.