Definition of pint in English:

pint

(also pt)

noun

  • 1A unit of liquid or dry capacity equal to one eighth of a gallon, in Britain equal to 0.568 litre and in the US equal to 0.473 litre (for liquid measure) or 0.551 litre (for dry measure).

    • ‘I still talk about acres, yards, feet and inches; not forgetting gallons and pints and also hundredweights pounds and ounces.’
    • ‘Two rotary valve fillers produce plastic gallons, half gallons and pints.’
    • ‘During training the girls must lose pints of liquid, although the chilly nights are unlikely to precipitate dehydration.’
    • ‘The Paint Spot caters to both the professional and the hobbyist, selling paint in pints, quarts and gallons for you mural-painters.’
    • ‘At one dollar per bottled pint, that's 50 pints or 6.25 gallons of bottled water per barrel of oil.’
    • ‘The man suffered severe chest injuries, broke some small bones in his back and lost one and a half litres - nearly three pints - of blood.’
    • ‘It had taken pints and pints of ice-cream to calm her down.’
    • ‘In addition to baked goods, candy and nuts frequently fill up a pint or half gallon of ice cream.’
    • ‘Many believe a glass of wine is the equivalent of one unit, and a pint of lager two.’
    • ‘He took all two gallons and five pints of it away.’
    • ‘Before the CT scan you have to drink three pints of a liquid, a dye which will show up on the scan.’
    • ‘Most metric recipes were based on a weight unit of 25 grams - slightly less than an ounce - and a liquid measure of half a litre, which was slightly less than a pint.’
    • ‘In the main filling room, gallons, halt gallons, pints, quarts and half-pints are filled.’
    • ‘They were chatting about school when he reappeared with some pints of liquid.’
    • ‘The milk is available in gallons, half gallons, quarts and pints.’
    • ‘The liter and its fractions have vanquished quarts, pints, and gallons, while the pound is still holding its own in things such as produce.’
    • ‘Several varieties of crushed leaves and fruit were then thrown in, along with two cups of Epsom salts and sulphur mixed with half a pint of Jeyes liquid.’
    • ‘Typically, a pint, or unit, of blood is drawn once a week to bring down iron levels, but in more advanced cases, it might be drawn more often.’
    • ‘If the job was completed successfully, an extra issue of one eighth of a pint of rum was made to each officer and man over the age of 20 who wanted it.’
    • ‘Production would gradually increase to 125 litres a day - some 200 pints.’
    floods, gallons, pints, oceans
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1British informal A pint of beer.
      ‘we'll probably go for a pint on the way home’
      • ‘For example, someone who drinks 20 pints a week, or three pints a day, will end up paying over 100 extra in a year.’
      • ‘What better venue, then, to sink a pint with Black Box Recorder, Britain's leading brewers of twisted pop music?’
      • ‘Protestations that ‘we've only had four’ rang hollow as we remembered each Stein equals a couple of pints.’
      • ‘As afternoon faded into evening, the flow of pints became a gentle flood, noses reddened and smiles stretched closer to each ear.’
      • ‘Managed to snatch a quick pint with Kev yesterday tea-time. That's the first trip to a pub we've had for 4 weeks!’
      • ‘I have known Ted since the late seventies and during that time-shared many a laugh and an equal amount of pints.’
      • ‘He's not wrong at 2.2 units a pint he has consumed 22 units not far short of the entire weekly recommended limit for men of 28.’
      • ‘One free day was spent in the capital city, perusing some castle and partaking of the odd pint along the Royal Mile.’
      • ‘The pints and quarts explanation sounds reasonable, provided that men in bars used to drink beer by the quart, as in fact they did.’
      • ‘I walk back upstairs with pints, quarts, a bag of crisps.’
      • ‘Now the right to down a pint has been placed on an equal footing with human rights such as freedom of expression by a Scottish council.’
      • ‘Britain's Winston Churchill downs a pint before finishing a campaign speech in 1945.’
      • ‘Others said they would rather have a pint than risk being signed into the nearest psychiatric unit.’
      • ‘In the days of yore when beer in pubs was served only in pints or quarts, the serving wenches had to keep mental tabs on who drank pints and who drank quarts to get it right when collecting payment.’
      • ‘The pint of Terrier I had was lovely but the fine liquid was spoiled by the fairly foul atmosphere.’
      • ‘Not that I've been drinking gallons, just a couple of pints, but that's enough to be a bit of a downer.’
      • ‘Beer drinkers in York today raised a glass to the city's publicans, after it emerged they were getting some of the best-value pints in Britain.’
      • ‘IF MY teenage self could see me now, he'd choke on his pint and run a mile.’
      • ‘Basil proceeds to top up my pint of Guinness with his pint of VB.’
      • ‘One in seven drinks at least 51 units of alcohol a week - the equivalent of 51 pints or 51 whiskeys.’
    2. 1.2British A pint of milk.
      ‘two pints today, please’
    3. 1.3British A measure of shellfish, the amount containable in a pint mug.
      • ‘Shrimp were first choice, priced by the pint or quart here and by the dozen there, but I threw pilchards or finger mullet when time and tide were right.’
      • ‘In Texas, shrimp on the hoof are sold in pints and quarts.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French pinte, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

pint

/pʌɪnt/