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Definition of pint

1 : a unit of capacity equal to ¹/₂ quart — see Weights and Measures Table
2 : 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The man lost about a pint of blood and required a tourniquet, San Mateo County Fire District Battalion Chief Brian Ham told San Francisco ABC station KGO. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 26 June 2021 On the show, the female scientist steps into the kitchen with a pint of strawberries and demonstrates how to extract DNA from the fruit for observation under a microscope. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 10 June 2021 Inspiration came after purchasing an adorable 3-D cookie from Mug Buddy Cookies — shaped like a pint of blueberries — to sit on the rim of the drink. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2021 While the tax on a pint of beer would equate to pocket change, LaLonde believes those who have analyzed the cost didn’t account for a potential multiplier effect. oregonlive, 5 Mar. 2021 Sydney Sweeney was caught relaxing in her vibrant pink gown with a pint of ice cream. Colleen Kratofil,, 28 Feb. 2021 An Irish hug along with a dose of Irish wit (in a cozy pub with a pint in hand) would do us all a world of good when this is over. Usa Today Travel Team, USA TODAY, 31 Dec. 2020 With dual voltage and a pint-size build, this mini hair straightener will be your vaca buddy for life. Travel + Leisure, 22 June 2021 The pint-size Sian also features the iconic scissor doors of its real-life counterpart, along with a yoke-style steering wheel, working headlights and taillights, and the all-important Lamborghini badge. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 20 June 2021

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First Known Use of pint

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pint

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

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“Pint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pint

US : a unit for measuring liquids that is equal to 0.473 liters
British : a unit for measuring liquids that is equal to 0.568 liters
: a container that holds a pint of something


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Kids Definition of pint

: a unit of liquid capacity equal to one half quart or 16 ounces (about .47 liter)


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Medical Definition of pint

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

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