Definition of


  1. (noun, quantity) a metric unit of capacity, formerly defined as the volume of one kilogram of pure water under standard conditions; now equal to 1,000 cubic centimeters (or approximately 1.75 pints)

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Alternate forms of Liter

Hypernyms: metric capacity unit

Origin of the word Liter

  1. 1797, from Fr. litre (1793), from litron, obsolete Fr. measure of capacity for grain, from M.L. litra, from Gk. litra "pound," apparently from the same Sicilian Italic source as L. libra. more

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