avoirdupois

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Etymology[edit]

Old French avoir + du + pois ‎(good of weight), compare Modern French poids ‎(weight)

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Noun[edit]

avoirdupois

  1. The official system of weights used in UK between 1856 and 1963. It had been the customary system in London since 1300 CE.
  2. The official system of weights used in USA between 1866 and 1959.
  3. Weight; heaviness.
    he has a lot of avoirdupois
    • 1915, Jack London, The Little Lady of the Big House
      It seems humanly reasonable that the three of us can woman-handle a mere man of your elderly and insulting avoirdupois.

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