quintal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman quintal, Middle French quintal, from Late Latin quintale, from Arabic قنطار (qinṭār), ultimately from Latin centenarius.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

quintal (plural quintals)

  1. (now historical) A measure of weight originally equal to a hundred pounds; later, a hundredweight.
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, page 204:
      In one import license alone, the merchant in question was instructed to bring in 13,000 quintals of alum, which, snapped up by industries in England and the Low Countries, would yield the king a cool £8,666 13s 4d.
  2. One hundred kilograms.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French quintal, from Medieval Latin quintale, from Arabic قنطار (qinṭār), ultimately from Latin centenarius.

Noun[edit]

quintal m (plural quintaux)

  1. quintal (hundredweight)
  2. quintal (100 kg)

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French quintal, from Medieval Latin quintale, from Arabic قنطار (qinṭār), ultimately from Latin centenarius.

Noun[edit]

quintal m (plural quintaulx)

  1. quintal (hundredweight)

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Medieval Latin quintale, from Arabic قنطار (qinṭār), ultimately from Latin centenarius.

Noun[edit]

quintal m (oblique plural quintaus or quintax or quintals, nominative singular quintaus or quintax or quintals, nominative plural quintal)

  1. quintal (hundredweight)

Portuguese[edit]

Portuguese Wikipedia has an article on:

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Portuguese quintãal, from Vulgar Latin *quintanale; or from quinta +‎ -al.

Noun[edit]

quintal m (plural quintais)

  1. yard (land around a house)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Arabic قنطار (qinṭār), from Byzantine Greek κεντηνάριον (kentēnárion), from Latin centēnārium (hundredweight).

Noun[edit]

quintal m (plural quintais)

  1. quintal (one hundred kilograms)

Spanish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • qq (abbreviation)

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin quintale, from Arabic قنطار (qinṭār), ultimately from Latin centenarius.

Noun[edit]

quintal m (plural quintales)

  1. hundredweight

Usage notes[edit]

The exact definition of a quintal varies locally, usually being 46 kg or 100 kg (if the latter is meant, it may be distinguished by being called the quintal métrico).

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