Definition of quintal in US English:



  • 1A unit of weight equal to a hundredweight (112 lb) or, formerly, 100 lb.

    • ‘In the Parisian basin, the average output was 15 quintals per hectare, but in the rest of the kingdom it stood at only 8 to 12.’
    • ‘In the last three years, the average yield went up from five quintals a hectare to 12 quintals.’
    • ‘This year he got eight quintals of areca from his garden, which he sold for Rs.50,000, but even that was not enough to fulfil his interest commitments to the society.’
    • ‘I never said that I expected 15 quintals per acre.’
    • ‘Each supply slip entitles a farmer to deliver 42 quintals of cane.’
    • ‘In 1861 not one person reported producing any quintals offish.’
    • ‘He says the university has made considerable progress in providing quality seeds to farmers, with the production going up from 2,500 quintals four years ago to 20,000 quintals now.’
    • ‘In the process, they are making huge profits at the cost of the human health because the damaged wheat has been sold between Rs 120 and Rs 400 per quintal while the fresh wheat is ruling at Rs 750 per quintal in the open market these days.’
    • ‘The recent harvest fetched one tonne per hectare in the irrigated areas and 7.5 quintal per hectare in rain-fed areas.’
    • ‘Due to decrease in the area under cane crop the mill may possibly receive only six lakh quintals of sugarcane this season, whereas in 2000-01 the mill got 36 lakh quintals.’
    • ‘An Indian authority cited four and a half quintal (four hundredweight) of wood for an open-air cremation.’
    • ‘Cottonseeds treated with this would yield 20 quintals per acre, a quantity farmers do not dream of even with the best of the BT-Cotton seeds.’
    • ‘To thresh one quintal of grain from the sheaves would otherwise cost Rs 100.’
    • ‘Farmers like him prefer to grow hill cotton as it gets them good money, up to Rs.2,800 a quintal, and the expenses and effort are low as compared to chillies, for instance, which cost Rs.5,000 per acre to produce.’
    • ‘‘We get about five to six quintals per acre of jowar which lasts for six months,’ he says.’
    1. 1.1 A unit of weight equal to 100 kg.


Late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin quintale, from Arabic qinṭār, based on Latin centenarius ‘containing a hundred’.