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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 Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is currently fundraising for drinking stations for the pint-sized bears, with donations also going towards a future breeding program. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "What You Can Do to Help During the Australia Bushfires," 6 Jan. 2020 All are pint-sized versions of Krispy Kreme’s four most popular donuts. Mary Honkus,, "Krispy Kreme Adds New Mini Donuts (With Less Than 100 Calories!) to the Menu Permanently," 6 Jan. 2020 As filter-feeding whales, these animals drop their jaws to let in huge amounts of water, then strain out their pint-sized prey through the sieve-like structures in their mouths. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Whales Are the Biggest Animals to Ever Exist—Why Aren’t They Bigger?," 13 Dec. 2019 Thanks to this year's mild temperatures, the delightful concert went down al fresco, with rows of pint-sized carolers singing away on a backyard stage erected over the pool. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "VIP view: Paige Fertitta and Patrick Fertitta host 14th annual Santa's Elves party in River Oaks," 12 Dec. 2019 There were no standard units of electricity back then, but modern estimates indicate that a pint-sized Leyden jar would have had the energy of about 1 joule. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "That time Benjamin Franklin tried (and failed) to electrocute a turkey," 28 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, Jonathan is the dad to two pint-sized pups, Stewie and Gracie. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "'Property Brothers' Star Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel Are Instagram Official," 22 Nov. 2019 There was Flower, a pint-sized Thingamajig, Egg, Rottweiler, Tree, Skeleton, and Flamingo, as well as Pineapple from the first season. Rachel Yang,, "Best fan-made Masked Singer Halloween costumes: Lions, Peacocks, and Thingamajigs, oh my!," 31 Oct. 2019 That specific pint-sized bakery, found on one of Berkeley’s busiest streets, often sells out by mid-morning. Michael Russell | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Who makes Portland’s best croissant?," 25 Oct. 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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The first known use of pint was in the 14th century

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11 Jan 2020

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“Pint.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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