hec·​to·​li·​ter | \ ˈhek-tə-ˌlē-tər How to pronounce hectoliter (audio) \

Definition of hectoliter

: a unit of capacity equal to 100 liters — see Metric System Table

Examples of hectoliter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "AB InBev’s Deal With Craft Brew Alliance Was Years in the Making," 12 Nov. 2019 Family-run since 1876, Hofmühl Brewery's owner Benno Emslander took over in 1993, growing annual production from 15,000 hectoliters to 80,000, while offering 12 varieties of beer. Motez Bishara, CNN, "How a 500-year-old German brewery started an eco-friendly beer trend," 8 Oct. 2019 Global consumption has been steady at 245 million hectoliters a year for the last decade, as growth in markets such as China and the U.S. has been offset by falling consumption in Europe. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "Trump Wants To 'Do Something' About EU Wine Tariffs. But U.S. Producers Have Bigger Problems—in China," 13 June 2019 Cervecería Bucanero in 2018 sold 1.6 million hectoliters of beer, which was about 0.3% of AB InBev’s global volume for the year, according to the filing. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "Companies in Cuba Face Legal Risks as U.S. Changes Stance on Seized Property," 2 May 2019 This is the lowest level of production since 1957, when production fell to 173.8 million hectoliters, the OIV told Reuters. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Wine production falls to 60-year low, cheap wine prices could go up," 24 Apr. 2018 Italy remained the world's leading wine maker producing 42.5 million hectoliters, followed by France (36.7 million hl) and Spain (32.1 million hl). N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Wine production falls to 60-year low, cheap wine prices could go up," 24 Apr. 2018 Despite the upturn in Europe, Heineken said low- and no-alcohol sales around the world fell slightly, to 6.1 million hectoliters from 6.2 million last year. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "European Beer (and Near Beer) Sales Lift Heineken," 31 July 2017 Italian wine regions also saw their vineyards damaged by frost—as well as drought—this year, but Italy will produce slightly more wines: 47.2 million hectoliters versus France's 36.9 million. Elaheh Nozari, CNT, "France Will Produce Its Lowest Amount of Wine in 60 Years," 8 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hectoliter.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of hectoliter

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hectoliter

French hectolitre, from hect- + litre liter

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hectoliter

Time Traveler for hectoliter

Time Traveler

The first known use of hectoliter was in 1810

See more words from the same year

Statistics for hectoliter

Cite this Entry

“Hectoliter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hectoliter. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hectoliter


variants: or chiefly British hectolitre \ ˈhek-​tə-​ˌlēt-​ər How to pronounce hectoliter (audio) \

Medical Definition of hectoliter

: a metric unit of capacity equal to 100 liters

Comments on hectoliter

What made you want to look up hectoliter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!