\ˈpīnt \

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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But in the American League Championship Series, Bradley has morphed into a pint-sized David Ortiz. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Jackie Bradley Jr. Lifts the Red Sox to the Brink of a Pennant," 18 Oct. 2018 The second focuses on Eugenie, Jack, and their pint-sized wedding party. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Comparing Prince George and Princess Charlotte in Princess Eugenie and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Portraits," 14 Oct. 2018 The theory claimed that millions of years ago, our planet was only about 60 percent of its current size and that the entire surface of this pint-sized globe was blanketed by land. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "We’ve Been Wrong Before: The Expanding Earth Theory," 3 Aug. 2018 The temple generated headlines in recent years for allowing monks to study sutras on iPads and building a robot in the shape of a pint-sized monk able to answer questions about Buddhism. Fox News, "Leading Chinese Buddhist monk accused of sexual misconduct," 3 Aug. 2018 The shelf below is home to fresh produce like carrot and celery sticks, pints of raspberries and blackberries, Cava and Hope hummus, and Gotham Greens pesto. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is Exactly What Bella Hadid Keeps in Her Fridge," 29 Oct. 2018 In the future, a robotic hand could pluck a pint of strawberries from the bin they were grown in and then pass them to a delivery drone. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever," 15 Oct. 2018 Officers found 99 pints of codeine, worth $1,500 per pint, in the trunk, DPS said. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Officials: $150,000 worth of codeine seized in Pima County; 2 arrested," 13 July 2018 Allardyce had been secretly taped at Wing’s, a Chinese restaurant in Manchester beloved of Louis van Gaal, apparently drinking a pint of wine while discussing opportunities with Daily Telegraph journalists pretending to be businessmen. Jonathan Wilson,, "Gareth Southgate Makes Own Luck in Guiding England to World Cup Semifinals," 10 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pint

: a unit for measuring liquids that is equal to 0.473 liters

: 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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