quin·​tal | \ ˈkwin-tᵊl How to pronounce quintal (audio) , ˈkan- How to pronounce quintal (audio) \

Definition of quintal

2 : a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms (about 220 pounds)

Examples of quintal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dancers’ hangout is the Angolan quintal or backyard, a hub of activity during long, curfewed nights of unending civil war. Ananya Jahanara Kabir, Quartz Africa, "The Angolan dancers who helped the South African pop anthem “Jerusalema” go global," 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of quintal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quintal

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin quintale, from Arabic qinṭār, from Late Greek kentēnarion, from Late Latin centenarium, from Latin, neuter of centenarius consisting of a hundred — more at centenary

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“Quintal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quintal. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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