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noun (1)

plural tons also ton
: any of various units of weight:
: a great quantity : lot
ate tons of cookies
has tons of money
a ton of work to do
: a unit of internal capacity for ships equal to 100 cubic feet

called also register ton

: a unit approximately equal to the volume of a long ton weight of seawater used in reckoning the displacement of ships and equal to 35 cubic feet
: a unit of volume for cargo freight usually reckoned at 40 cubic feet

called also measurement ton


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noun (2)

: the prevailing fashion : vogue
: the quality or state of being smart or fashionable

Examples of ton in a Sentence

Noun (1) I received a ton of advice on the problem—all of it unsolicited Noun (2) granite countertops became all the ton in kitchen decor
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English tunne unit of weight or capacity — more at tun

Noun (2)

borrowed from French, "pitch, tone, manner, style," going back to Old French, "sound of voices, voice quality," going back to Latin tonus "strain, tension, musical pitch, note" — more at tone entry 1

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Noun (2)

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ton was in the 14th century

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“Ton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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plural tons also ton

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