noun an·ker \ˈäŋkər, ˈa-\

Definition of anker



  1. 1 :  a unit of capacity: a :  an old Dutch and German liquid measure used in various countries of Europe especially for spirits and equal to about 9 to 10.5 U.S. gallons (30 to 40 liters) b :  a U.S. unit equal to 10 gallons (37.85 liters) c :  a unit of South Africa equal to 712 imperial gallons (34.10 liters)

  2. 2 :  a cask or keg having a capacity of one anker

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Origin and Etymology of anker

Dutch, probably from Medieval Latin ancheria, anceria

First Known Use: 1673

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