hec·​to·​li·​ter ˈhek-tə-ˌlē-tər How to pronounce hectoliter (audio)
: a unit of capacity equal to 100 liters see Metric System Table

Examples of hectoliter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Domestic red wine sales dropped from around 8 million hectoliters produced in 1995 to around 4 million hectoliters in 2020. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 28 June 2023 Rosé wine has seen a 93% increase in sales for the same time period, from around 1.5 million hectoliters to just under 3 million hectoliters. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 28 June 2023 In 2022, total global wine production reached 258 million hectoliters, according to the OIV. Liz Thach, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 Overall, the company reported an 11.3% rise in second-quarter organic revenue, with revenue per hectoliter growing 7.5% and global volumes up 3.4%. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Across AB InBev’s global brands, the CPI during that time period increased by 8.2% on a weighted average basis, while total net revenue per hectoliter of beer rose 7.8%. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, 16 June 2022 The country’s largest brewer, the Radeberger Group, which owns Radeberger and Schöfferhofer beers, also increased prices this spring by €8.50 per hectoliter of beer, an increase of about 6 percent. New York Times, 9 June 2022 That’s 24 to 30 percent less than last year — with one hectoliter equivalent to around 133 standard wine bottles. Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2021 The deal for Craft Brew won’t greatly boost sales or volume at AB InBev, a behemoth that ships 567 million hectoliters of beer globally. John Kell, Fortune, 12 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History


French hectolitre, from hect- + litre liter

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hectoliter was in 1810

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“Hectoliter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hectoliter. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


hec·​to·​li·​ter ˈhek-tə-ˌlēt-ər How to pronounce hectoliter (audio)
: a unit of capacity equal to 100 liters see metric system

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British hectolitre
: a metric unit of capacity equal to 100 liters
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