Definition of tonne in English:



  • another term for metric ton
    • ‘It stores and processes hundreds of tonnes of toxic and highly inflammable chemicals and compounds.’
    • ‘It was 15 metres across, weighed three tonnes and had an estimated two million calories.’
    • ‘This meant that the injured leg was suddenly under more than a tonne of weight.’
    • ‘Production lines were left blackened and charred, hundreds of tonnes of ingredients were ruined.’
    • ‘This amounts to some 28 million tonnes per year, or almost half a tonne per person.’
    • ‘Around 150 scrap cars and hundreds of tonnes of waste were burned in the blaze.’
    • ‘Foreign air freight fell from nine tonnes to just over one tonne, a sharp drop of 85 per cent.’
    • ‘For each tonne of cans that is re-used, 1.5 tonnes of iron ore and half a tonne of coal are saved.’
    • ‘They believe that 20 tonnes of dust per acre is enough to make land fertile for a decade.’
    • ‘Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of cod were taken out each year, building up great fortunes for those that fished it.’
    • ‘There were fears hundreds of tonnes of fruit would rot unless the red-tape was lifted.’
    • ‘They have pointed out that it takes three tonnes of wild fish to produce one tonne of the farmed variety.’
    • ‘We don't know much about what the impact is when hundreds of tonnes of gravel are removed.’
    • ‘We then visited this to discover that out of the six hundred tonnes, only about fifty tonnes were left by then.’
    • ‘Hundreds of tonnes of sewage was stored with the smell making life a misery for residents.’
    • ‘Hundreds of tonnes of peat and debris swept down Haworth Moor near Top Withens.’
    • ‘The monthly turnover is about four tonnes and she has stocked three tonnes of compost.’
    • ‘An English farmer expects to get at least eight tonnes of wheat out of a hectare.’
    • ‘This is a record as the average yield in the State is around four tonnes per hectare.’
    • ‘Four hundred tonnes were unknowingly imported by a Norfolk company and sold in Britain.’


Late 19th century: from French; compare with ton.