quin·​tal ˈkwin-tᵊl How to pronounce quintal (audio) ˈkan- How to pronounce quintal (audio)
: a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms (about 220 pounds)

Examples of quintal in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of quintal was in the 15th century

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“Quintal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quintal. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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quin·​tal ˈkwint-ᵊl How to pronounce quintal (audio)
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