hogs·​head | \ ˈhȯgz-ˌhed How to pronounce hogshead (audio) , ˈhägz- \

Definition of hogshead

1 : a large cask or barrel
2 : any of various units of capacity especially : a U.S. unit equal to 63 gallons (238 liters)

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Examples of hogshead in a Sentence

the ship's hold carried 164 hogsheads of molasses
Recent Examples on the Web Happy Valley, where not just tents but hogsheads, dry goods boxes, a covered wagon and even beached ships were used as dwellings, may have been playful and carefree at first. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "When disease racked Gold Rush San Francisco," 29 May 2020 Once upon a time a ticket to the cinema cost just five quid, and a hogshead of mead but a farthing. The Economist, "The rising cost of education and health care is less troubling than believed," 20 June 2019 Heavy first brought Guinness to America, when, on Oct. 16, 1817, eight hogsheads of Guinness porter were delivered to him somewhere in South Carolina. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "This South Carolina man brought Guinness to the U.S. 200 years ago. The rest is history," 15 Mar. 2018 The king and his guests consumed 27 hogsheads of wine, 400 head of pork, 3,000 fowl, 15,000 herring, 10,000 eels, 100 pounds of almonds, two pounds of spices and 66 pounds of pepper. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Santa's list should include 'Christmas: A Biography,' a fascinating history of the holiday," 20 Dec. 2017 The Layover: Amsterdam and BangkokThe Reward: Laphroaig the 1815 Legacy EditionIt's aged in both oversized hogsheads and bourbon barrels, lending fruit notes to a Scotch already potent with smoke aromas. Meredith Heil, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Airport Duty-Free Shops Have Some of the World's Rarest Liquors," 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of hogshead

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hogshead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hogshead. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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hogs·​head | \ ˈhȯgz-ˌhed How to pronounce hogshead (audio) , ˈhägz- \

Kids Definition of hogshead

1 : a very large cask
2 : a unit of liquid measure equal to 63 gallons (about 238 liters)

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