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The pint is an English unit of volume or capacity in the imperial system and United States customary units, equivalent in each system to one half of a quart, and one eighth of a gallon. The value is very roughly half a litre, but differs between systems, and according to whether the contents are wet or dry: English unit is the American name for a unit in one of a number of systems of units of measurement, some obsolete, and some still in use. ... The volume of a solid object is the three-dimensional concept of how much space it occupies, often quantified numerically. ... The Imperial units are an irregularly standardized system of units that have been used in the United Kingdom and its former colonies, including the Commonwealth countries. ... U.S. customary units, also known in the United States as English units[1] (but see English unit) or standard units, are units of measurement that are currently used in the USA, in some cases alongside units from SI (the International System of Units — the modern metric system). ... For other uses, see Quart (disambiguation). ... The gallon (abbreviation: gal) is a unit of volume. ... The litre or liter (see spelling differences) is a unit of volume. ...

United Kingdom, Commonwealth of Nations (Imperial)
1 pint = 20 fluid ounces = 568.26125 ml ≈ 568 ml
1 pint = 4 gills (this was the legal definition although in some areas a gill of milk or beer is referred to as a half-pint; elsewhere a gill was the ⅓ pint of milk given free to school children)
United States
1 pint (wet) = 16 fluid ounces = 2 cups ≈ 473 ml
1 pint (dry) = 550.6104713575 ml ≈ 551 ml
1 pint (metric) = 500 ml (informally)


The Commonwealth of Nations as of 2006 Headquarters Marlborough House, London, UK Official languages English Membership 53 sovereign states Leaders  -  Queen Elizabeth II  -  Secretary-General Don McKinnon (since 1 April 2000) Establishment  -  Balfour Declaration 18 November 1926   -  Statute of Westminster 11 December 1931   -  London Declaration 28 April 1949  Area  -  Total... A fluid ounce is a unit of volume in both the Imperial system of units and the U.S. customary units system. ... The gill is a unit of measurement for volume, equal in the USA to one half of a cup (120 ml). ... The cup is a unit of measurement for volume, used in cooking to measure bulk foods, such as chopped vegetables (dry measurement), and liquids (fluid measurement). ... Dry measures are units of volume used to measure bulk commodities which are not liquid. ... The International System of Units (symbol: SI) (for the French phrase Syst me International dUnit s) is the most widely used system of units. ...


The pint is defined as 1/8 of a gallon. Other versions of the gallon were defined for different commodities, and there were equally many versions of the pint. The gallon (abbreviation: gal) is a unit of volume. ...

America adopted the British wine gallon (defined in 1707 as 231 cubic inches) as its basic liquid measure, from which the U.S. wet pint is derived, and the British corn gallon (1/8 of a standard “Winchester” bushel of corn, or 268.8 cubic inches) as its dry measure, from which the US dry pint is derived. Events January 1 - John V is crowned King of Portugal March 26 - The Acts of Union becomes law, making the separate Kingdoms of England and Scotland into one country, the Kingdom of Great Britain. ... A table of weights from the secretaries of the different states, showing the no. ... This article is about cereals in general. ...

In 1824 the British parliament replaced all its variant gallons with a new imperial gallon based on ten pounds of distilled water at 62 °F (277.42 cubic inches), from which the UK pint is derived. 1824 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Imperial Measure was a former system of measurement used in some Commonwealth nations, most notably the United Kingdom and Canada. ... The pound or pound-mass (abbreviations: lb, lbm, or sometimes in the United States, #) is a unit of mass (sometimes called weight in everyday parlance) in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... For other uses, see Fahrenheit (disambiguation). ...

Effects of metrication

The UK pint is officially defined as 568.26125 ml exactly in the Units of Measurement Regulations 1995.[1]

As part of the metrication process, the pint in the UK and in Kenya is now used only as a measure for beer and cider when sold by the glass (see pint glass) – in public houses for instance – and for milk, although milk is also sold in metric quantities. Many recipes published in the UK still provide ingredient quantities in imperial, where the pint is often used as a unit for larger liquid quantities. Most new recipes are now published in metric only with the pint being rounded to 500 or 600 ml. Metrication or metrification refers to the introduction of the SI metric system as the international standard for physical measurements—a long-term series of independent and systematic conversions from the various separate local systems of weights and measures. ... For other uses, see Beer (disambiguation). ... Cider in a pint glass Cider (or cyder) is an alcoholic beverage made primarily from the juices of specially grown varieties of apples. ... A pint glass is a drinking vessel holding a British pint (568ml; ≈1. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... A glass of cows milk. ...

Ireland has completed its metrication process and the pint is only used for serving beer, stout and cider. This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

In Australia and New Zealand, a subtle change was made in 1-pint milk bottles during the conversion from Imperial to metric in the 1970s. The height and diameter of the milk bottle remained unchanged, so that existing equipment for handling and storing such bottles was unaffected, but the shape was subtly adjusted to increase the capacity from 568 ml to 600 ml - a nice, round, metric measure. Such milk bottles are no longer officially referred to as pints. The pint glass in pubs in Australia (which is so called) remains closer to the standard Imperial pint, at 570 ml. A pint of beer in Australia or New Zealand is 570 ml, except in South Australia where a pint is 425 ml and 570 ml is called an imperial pint. Australian beer is mostly now lager. ... Capital Adelaide Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Marjorie Jackson-Nelson Premier Mike Rann (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 11  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $59,819 (5th)  - Product per capita  $38,838/person (7th) Population (End of September 2006)  - Population  1,558,200 (5th)  - Density  1. ...

A 375 ml bottle of liquor in the US and the Canadian maritime provinces is sometimes referred to as a “pint”, hearkening back to the days when liquor came in actual US pints, quarts, and half-gallons.


  • Fifty imperial pints or sixty US wet pints are both very close to one cubic foot.
  • The French word pinte having the same roots is a false friend. In French Canada in particular, the pint is actually the chopine whilst the quart is the pinte. In Flanders, the word pint only refers to a 250 ml glass of lager. Some West- and East-Flemish dialects use it as a word for beaker.
  • There was a now-obsolete unit of measurement in Scotland known as the 'Scottish pint' or 'joug' and equal to three imperial pints. It remained in use until the 19th century, and survived significantly longer than most of the old Scottish measurements.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... It has been suggested that Thousand Cubic Feet be merged into this article or section. ... Look up False friend in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... For other uses, see Quart (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Flanders (disambiguation). ... Look up beaker in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Several native system of weights and measures were used in Scotland. ... This article is about the country. ... The joug or Scottish pint (Scottish Gaelic: pinnt) was a Scottish unit of measurement of liquids that was in use from at least 1661, (possibly 15th century), until the early 19th century. ...


  1. ^ Units of Measurement Regulations 1995

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Pint - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (513 words)
As part of the metrication process, the pint in the UK is now only used as a measure for beer (see pint glass) and cider when sold by the glass (in public houses for instance) and milk (although milk is also sold in metric quantities).
The pint is defined as a 1/8 of the gallon.
In French Canada in particular, the pint is the chopine whilst the quart is the pinte.
Pint glass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (703 words)
A pint glass is a drinking vessel holding a British pint (568ml; ≈1.2 US pints) of liquid and is usually used for beer.
At present, those selling "pints" up to ten percent short will not be prosecuted in the UK For those wishing to avoid this practice while still serving beer with a large head, "lined" or "oversized" glasses are available.
In the past a number of breweries supplied these glasses to their pubs; this is now rarely the case (Banks's are a partial exception) and lined glasses are found mostly at enthusiasts' events such as beer festivals, serious cask ale pubs, and breweries' own bars.
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