kilo

1 of 3

noun

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

2 of 3

communications code word

used as a code word for the letter k

kilo-

3 of 3

combining form

: thousand
kiloton

Examples of kilo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Hard Science Glass beads in lunar soil reveal ancient asteroid bombardments on the Moon and Earth In 2020, scientists took more than a kilo of moon rock and soil back to Earth for testing. Big Think, 24 June 2024 Authorities reportedly seized six firearms, including one that had been reported stolen, more than a kilo of cocaine, 1,300 bags of heroin and 142 grams of raw heroin, according to Bessette. Justin Muszynski, Hartford Courant, 21 June 2024 Among the searches, agent Paul Van Wie said, were instances when Menendez researched the worth of a gram, an ounce and a kilo of gold. CBS News, 20 June 2024 Considering that more than a thousand policemen and military personnel had been deployed, the results of the operation seemed modest: fifty-two kilos of drugs, a few weapons, and a lineup of detainees. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 17 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for kilo 

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Word History

Etymology

Combining form

French, modification of Greek chilioi

First Known Use

Noun

1870, in the meaning defined above

Communications Code Word

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kilo was in 1870

Dictionary Entries Near kilo

Cite this Entry

“Kilo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kilo. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

kilo

1 of 2 noun
ki·​lo ˈkē-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce kilo (audio)
plural kilos

kilo-

2 of 2 combining form
: thousand
kiloton
Etymology

Combining form

derived from Greek chilioi "thousand"

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