Definition of pint in English:


(also pt)


  • 1A unit of liquid or dry capacity equal to one half of a quart.

    • ‘In the main filling room, gallons, halt gallons, pints, quarts and half-pints are filled.’
    • ‘Before the CT scan you have to drink three pints of a liquid, a dye which will show up on the scan.’
    • ‘It had taken pints and pints of ice-cream to calm her down.’
    • ‘The liter and its fractions have vanquished quarts, pints, and gallons, while the pound is still holding its own in things such as produce.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During training the girls must lose pints of liquid, although the chilly nights are unlikely to precipitate dehydration.’
    • ‘He took all two gallons and five pints of it away.’
    • ‘Two rotary valve fillers produce plastic gallons, half gallons and pints.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At one dollar per bottled pint, that's 50 pints or 6.25 gallons of bottled water per barrel of oil.’
    • ‘The milk is available in gallons, half gallons, quarts and pints.’
    • ‘Production would gradually increase to 125 litres a day - some 200 pints.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition to baked goods, candy and nuts frequently fill up a pint or half gallon of ice cream.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many believe a glass of wine is the equivalent of one unit, and a pint of lager two.’
    • ‘The Paint Spot caters to both the professional and the hobbyist, selling paint in pints, quarts and gallons for you mural-painters.’
    • ‘I still talk about acres, yards, feet and inches; not forgetting gallons and pints and also hundredweights pounds and ounces.’
    • ‘They were chatting about school when he reappeared with some pints of liquid.’
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    1. 1.1British informal A pint of beer.
      • ‘Britain's Winston Churchill downs a pint before finishing a campaign speech in 1945.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The pints and quarts explanation sounds reasonable, provided that men in bars used to drink beer by the quart, as in fact they did.’
      • ‘As afternoon faded into evening, the flow of pints became a gentle flood, noses reddened and smiles stretched closer to each ear.’
      • ‘Not that I've been drinking gallons, just a couple of pints, but that's enough to be a bit of a downer.’
      • ‘For example, someone who drinks 20 pints a week, or three pints a day, will end up paying over 100 extra in a year.’
      • ‘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 in seven drinks at least 51 units of alcohol a week - the equivalent of 51 pints or 51 whiskeys.’
      • ‘IF MY teenage self could see me now, he'd choke on his pint and run a mile.’
      • ‘One free day was spent in the capital city, perusing some castle and partaking of the odd pint along the Royal Mile.’
      • ‘Basil proceeds to top up my pint of Guinness with his pint of VB.’
      • ‘What better venue, then, to sink a pint with Black Box Recorder, Britain's leading brewers of twisted pop music?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have known Ted since the late seventies and during that time-shared many a laugh and an equal amount of pints.’
      • ‘Protestations that ‘we've only had four’ rang hollow as we remembered each Stein equals a couple of pints.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Others said they would rather have a pint than risk being signed into the nearest psychiatric unit.’
      • ‘The pint of Terrier I had was lovely but the fine liquid was spoiled by the fairly foul atmosphere.’
      • ‘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 walk back upstairs with pints, quarts, a bag of crisps.’


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