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See also: tonne, tonné, and tønne



From Middle High German tunne, from Old High German tunna, from Latin tunna, probably from Gaulish. A chiefly northern (i.e. Central German) word, later reinforced by Middle Low German tunne, tonne, from Old Saxon tunna. Cognate with Dutch ton, English tun, French tonne.


  • IPA(key): /ˈtɔnə/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔnə


Tonne f (genitive Tonne, plural Tonnen, diminutive Tönnchen n)

  1. barrel, vat, tun, drum
    1. for collecting waste or surplus, such as a bin, dumpster/skip, water butt
    2. for storing and transporting industrial materials
    3. (dated) for storing and transporting food and drink, e.g. beer, wine, cabbage, herrings
      Synonym: Fass
  2. tonne, ton, metric ton
    • 2010, Der Spiegel, issue 25/2010, page 140:
      Mit seinen 30 Meter Länge und mitunter mehr als 150 Tonnen Gewicht übertrifft der Blauwal jedes andere Tier auf Erden.
      With its length of 30 meters and weight of sometimes more than 150 tons the blue whale surpasses every other animal on Earth.
  3. (nautical) buoy


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Further reading[edit]

  • Tonne” in Duden online