quintal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman quintal, Middle French quintal, from Medieval Latin quintale, from Arabic قِنْطَار (qinṭār), ultimately from Latin centēnārium. Doublet of centenary.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

quintal (plural quintals)

  1. (historical except India) A measure of weight originally equal to a hundred pounds; later, a hundredweight.
    Synonym: 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.

Usage notes[edit]

The quintal is not standardized in the International System of Units. In modern use it usually corresponds to 100 kilograms; before the introduction of the metric system the value varied according to the weight of the local pound. A French quintal was 49.951 kg, a Portuguese quintal 58.75 kg, a Spanish quintal 46.014 kg and an Italian quintale 32.67 kg (in Milan).

Translations[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

quintal m (plural quintaux)

  1. (historical) quintal (49.951 kg)
  2. quintal (100 kg)

Further reading[edit]


Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

quintal m (plural quintaulx)

  1. quintal (hundredweight)

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Medieval Latin quintale, from Arabic قِنْطَار (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:
Wikipedia pt

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 قِنْطَار (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 قِنْطَار (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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