ki·lo | \ˈkē-(ˌ)lō also ˈki- \
plural kilos

Definition of kilo 

(Entry 1 of 3)


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

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Sergio Neftali Mejia-Duarte, 41, used go-fast boats, helicopters and airplanes to ship an estimated 20,000 kilos of cocaine from Colombia through Central America to Mexico then the United States, U.S. authorities said. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Honduran drug lord who supplied 'El Chapo' sentenced to life in prison," 21 May 2018 Cirino and Romero later brought the kilos to a meeting with the source inside a room at the Red Roof Plus in Woburn, records show. Travis Andersen,, "Three men nabbed in fentanyl trafficking ring that stretched from R.I. to Lawrence," 28 June 2018 Climate change, crime and speculation mean the price of the fragrant spice has skyrocketed from $20 a kilo five years ago to $515 in June. Aryn Baker/sahabevava, Time, "Vanilla Is Nearly as Expensive as Silver. That Spells Trouble for Madagascar," 13 June 2018 Federal agents arrested him, and a search of his home uncovered a kilo each of what appeared to be fentanyl and heroin, court documents say. John Keilman,, "'Like finding a needle in a haystack': Agents trying to stop deadly opioid fentanyl from entering U.S. in tough battle," 12 June 2018 Compare that with a kilo of heroin, which wholesales for about $50,000 in Gulfport and generates a profit of just $200,000. Fortune, "Deadly Chinese Fentanyl Is Creating a New Era of Drug Kingpins," 6 June 2018 Federal agents in Atlanta last summer arrested 16 postal workers, accusing them of taking bribes to deliver kilo-sized loads of cocaine with their mail trucks. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "Trump sees ‘carnage’ from America’s drug boom. But major cities are getting safer.," 28 Jan. 2018 This year, prices have dropped to 5,000 ($250) per kilo. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "Mexico opium poppy growers see price drop, turn to marijuana," 22 June 2018 Plain tortillas wrapped in newspaper are sold by the kilo for customers to take home. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appetit, "In a Land of Tortilla Factories, Enrique Olvera’s New Tortilleria Is Doing It Old School," 20 June 2018

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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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The first known use of kilo was in 1870

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English Language Learners Definition of kilo-

: thousand


ki·lo | \ˈkē-lō \
plural kilos

Kids Definition of kilo



Kids Definition of kilo-

: thousand kilometer

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