kilo

noun
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

Kilo

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 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. BostonGlobe.com, "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 | Lgore@al.com, al, "Two men sentenced to prison for trafficking meth in North Alabama," 17 Jan. 2020 One late afternoon in Brooklyn, psychotic Ray (Taylor Kitsch) and scared tag-along Michael (Stephan James), bust into a wine bar, guns drawn, to boost a few kilos of cocaine stashed in the freezer. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘21 Bridges’: Chadwick Boseman takes Manhattan and on the whole, I’d rather be in Wakanda," 21 Nov. 2019 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. BostonGlobe.com, "Drug sniffing dogs were called in to help and found 420 pounds of marijuana in the truck’s cargo bed.," 29 Oct. 2019 Kevin Conrado, 27, and Vahe Manjikian, 23, were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of more than a kilo of marijuana with intent to sell, state police said. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Connecticut State Police bust U-Haul carrying 420 pounds of marijuana," 25 Oct. 2019 Some drug arrests seemed too large for a typical meth or heroin user, like one time when multiple kilos were found in a single car. Chris Kenning, courier-journal.com, "‘Right under your nose’: A Mexican cartel turned this rural area into a hidden cocaine hub," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of kilo

Noun

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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17 Mar 2020

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“Kilo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kilo. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of kilo-

: thousand

kilo

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

Kids Definition of kilo

kilo-

prefix

Kids Definition of kilo-

: thousand kilometer

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