Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A unit of mass in the metric system equal to 100 kilograms.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A weight of 100 pounds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A hundredweight, either 112 or 100 pounds, according to the scale used. Cf. cental.
  • noun A metric measure of weight, being 100,000 grams, or 100 kilograms, equal to 220.46 pounds avoirdupois.

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  • noun now historical A measure of weight originally equal to a hundred pounds; later, a hundredweight.
  • noun One hundred kilograms.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms
  • noun a United States unit of weight equivalent to 100 pounds

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, a unit of weight, from Old French, from Medieval Latin quintāle, from Arabic qinṭār, from Late Greek kentēnarion, from Late Latin centēnārium (pondus), hundred(weight), from Latin centēnārius, of a hundred; see centenary.]

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

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