\ ˈpīnt How to pronounce pint (audio) \

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

Aramis may be pint-sized in stature, but his personality is super-sized. Peninsula Humane Society, The Mercury News, "Pet of the week: Aramis," 7 June 2019 In November 2016, Nintendo released its pint-sized NES Classic, a mini version of its original home console that came fully loaded with its best games. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The GameCube Classic That Could Have Been," 15 May 2019 Made from aerospace materials that are resistant to corrosion and all kinds of weather damage, Green Magic Homes' pint-sized structures are constructed with durability in mind. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Can Build Your Own Eco-Friendly Hobbit House in Less Than Three Days," 7 May 2019 Trim carrots and place in a wide-mouthed glass pint jar with red chile. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pickled Carrots," 20 May 2019 During birth, most people lose about one pint of blood when the placenta is detached from the uterus. Korin Miller, SELF, "Remy Ma Is Recovering From a Blood Transfusion After Giving Birth," 20 Dec. 2018 After dinner, grab a pint at Longboards or Regatta Pub before calling it a day. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Boston," 9 Aug. 2018 That's where Reliable’s pint-size steam iron comes in. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "14 Genius Packing Tips to Help You Travel Like a Pro," 9 Apr. 2019 Old regulars now nurse pints of ale at the bar alongside more obsessive homesteaders, sipping the latest artisanal brew from nearby Hackney Brewery while nibbling on hand-pies filled with pig’s head and celeriac. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Where to Find London’s Premium Pies," 23 Jan. 2019

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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

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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