: a unit of capacity equal to ¹/₂ quart see Weights and Measures Table
: a pint pot or vessel

Examples of pint in a Sentence

The ice cream comes in pints. I'd like another pint, please. We'll all go for a pint after work.
Recent Examples on the Web Afterwards, take a short drive to Nancy’s bar in Ardara, where trad music sessions play throughout the week, and order a pint of Guinness in celebration. Laura Hampson, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Feb. 2024 Check out Ancient City Brewing for some craft beer, or head to one of several Irish pubs for a classic pint. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 10 Feb. 2024 Scythian promises the debut of some new music during its upcoming shows, which sounds like a reason to order a pint of Guinness and dance along to the group’s irresistible mix of Irish jigs, shanties and Americana. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2024 Pro tip: Be on the lookout for bring-your-own-meat gatherings and $1 off pints on the weekly schedule. Katie Toussaint, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Sets run from 8 to 11 p.m. both nights, and there’s no cover charge, which leaves more to spend on another pint. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2024 Take a seat at Gus O'Connor's Pub or McDermott's Pub and enjoy hours of lively tunes, pint in hand. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 7 Jan. 2024 Observing the competition’s fun tradition, spectators have shown up to the matches in outlandish costumes ranging from elves to dinosaurs to King Charles—most with pints in hand throughout the night. TIME, 3 Jan. 2024 Not exactly — though bringing this up over a pint of mead at the Rusty German, the seedy tavern in the show, might get you in trouble. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English pinte, from Middle French, probably from Vulgar Latin *pincta, feminine of pinctus, past participle of Latin pingere to paint; from the use of a painted mark on a container to show its capacity — more at paint

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pint was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pint. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a unit of capacity equal to ½ quart see measure
: a pint container

Medical Definition


: any of various measures of liquid capacity equal to one-half quart: as
: a United States measure equal to 16 fluid ounces, 473.176 milliliters, or 28.875 cubic inches
: a British measure equal to 20 fluid ounces, 568.26 milliliters, or 34.678 cubic inches

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