Gallon meaning

gălən
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A container with a capacity of one gallon.
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A unit of liquid volume or capacity in the US Customary System equal to 4 quarts (3.79 liters).
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Any container with a capacity of one gallon.
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A unit of volume, equivalent to eight pints.
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(UK, Canada) Exactly 4.54609 liters; an imperial gallon.
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(US) 231 cubic inches or approximately 3.785 liters for liquids (a "U.S. liquid gallon")
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(US) One-eighth of a U.S. bushel or approximately 4.405 liters for dry goods (a "U.S. dry gallon").
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(in the plural, informal) A large quantity (of any liquid).

The pipe burst and gallons of water flooded into the kitchen.

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Origin of gallon

  • Middle English a liquid measure from Old North French galon

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French galon, ultimately from Medieval Latin galleta. Cf. also French jalon.

    From Wiktionary