ki·​lo | \ ˈkē-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce kilo (audio) also ˈki- How to pronounce kilo (audio) \
plural kilos

Definition of kilo

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a unit of mass or weight equaling one thousand grams or approximately 2.2 pounds : kilogram Each sack weighs 50 kilos. Did you know … that it takes a lobster between five and seven years to grow to a weight of half a kilo, the minimum size it should reach before being fished?Food & Drink When he finally strips off the kilos of gold enveloping his body, Deion is as light as a feather.— Curry Kirkpatrick Gathering in Versailles, west of Paris, governments are expected on Friday to approve plans to instead use a scientific formulation to define the exact mass of a kilo.— John Leicester


communications code word

Definition of Kilo (Entry 2 of 3)

used as a code word for the letter k

Definition of kilo- (Entry 3 of 3)

: thousand kiloton

Examples of kilo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The drug ring was responsible for selling kilos of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine in the Cincinnati area, officials said. Kevin Grasha,, "Attorneys: Man living in Columbia Tusculum drug house was supporting family in Mexico," 26 Mar. 2020 Observations of nearby galaxies and the center of our own Milky Way revealed a faint glow of x-rays with a specific energy, 3.5 kilo-electron volts (keV). Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Physicists brawl over new dark matter claim," 26 Mar. 2020 Here, our neighbors are mostly stray cats, cactuses and citrus farmers who sell artichokes by the kilo on the side for a couple of bucks and orange wood for cooking paella the traditional way. Lorraine Allen, New York Times, "In Spain, Children Still Can’t Go Outside," 16 Apr. 2020 At that price, sold by the kilo, the drugs would be worth more than $419 million. Eliott C. Mclaughlin And Rebekah Riess, CNN, "Feds seize more than 16 tons of cocaine at Philadelphia terminal," 18 June 2019 One kilo of meth, a quarter-pound of marijuana and a firearm were seized. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Father, son arrested in Jackson County $50K meth bust," 26 Feb. 2020 The men, 27-year-old Kevin Conrado and 23-year-old Vahe Manjikian are charged with possession of marijuana and possession of more than a kilo of marijuana with intent to sell., "Drug sniffing dogs were called in to help and found 420 pounds of marijuana in the truck’s cargo bed.," 29 Oct. 2019 But European eels can be procured for around €300 a kilo in France or Spain. The Economist, "The mysterious life and times of eels," 18 Dec. 2019 Prosecutors said Rolin was the leader of a North Alabama drug conspiracy that was responsible for importing more than 90 kilos of pure methamphetamine into Cullman, Morgan, Madison and Limestone counties. Leada Gore |, al, "Two men sentenced to prison for trafficking meth in North Alabama," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of kilo


1870, in the meaning defined above

Communications code word

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kilo

Combining form

French, modification of Greek chilioi

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“Kilo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of kilo-

: thousand


ki·​lo | \ ˈkē-lō How to pronounce kilo (audio) \
plural kilos

Kids Definition of kilo



Kids Definition of kilo-

: thousand kilometer

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