quintal [kwin-tl] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms (220.5 avoirdupois pounds).
Origin of quintal 1425–75; late Middle English Medieval Latin quintāle Arabic qinṭār weight of a hundred pounds, probably ≪ Latin centēnārius. Cf., , Examples from the Web for quintal Historical Examples of quintal
“‘Wouldn’t hev your conscience fer a thousand quintal,” said Dan.
You see, we’re first off the Banks this season, and it’s four twenty-five a quintal.
Pray back a nine-thousand-dollar boat an’ a thousand quintal of fish.
There isn’t but three—no—two ninety-four or five quintal more by my reckoning.
Quintal had probably not intended to hurt the child, but he expressed no regret.
British Dictionary definitions for quintal quintal noun
- a unit of weight equal to 100 pounds
- a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms
Word Origin for quintal C15: via Old French from Arabic qintār, possibly from Latin centēnārius consisting of a hundred Word Origin and History for quintal n.
“a weight of a hundred pounds,” c.1400, from Old French quintal “hundredweight,” and directly from Medieval Latin quintale, from Arabic quintar, from Late Greek kentenarion, from Latin centenarius “containing a hundred” (see).