Definitions for ounceaʊns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a unit of weight equal to 437.5 grains or 1/16 of a pound (28.349 grams) avoirdupois.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  2. a unit of weight equal to 480 grains or 1/12 of a pound (31.103 grams) troy or apothecaries' weight.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  3. a fluid ounce.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  4. a small quantity or portion.

Origin of ounce:

1350–1400; ME unce < MF < L uncia twelfth part, inch, ounce, der. of unusone


  1. Category: Zoology, Mammals

    Ref: snow leopard.

Origin of ounce:

1300–50; ME unce lynx < AF; OF < VL *luncea, der. of L lync- (s. of lynx) lynx

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ounce, troy ounce, apothecaries' ounce(noun)

    a unit of apothecary weight equal to 480 grains or one twelfth of a pound

  2. ounce, oz.(noun)

    a unit of weight equal to one sixteenth of a pound or 16 drams or 28.349 grams

  3. snow leopard, ounce, Panthera uncia(noun)

    large feline of upland central Asia having long thick whitish fur

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ounce(noun)ʊns

    a unit for measuring weight equal to 28.35 grams

    a baby bird weighing only a few ounces


  1. Ounce

    The ounce is a unit of mass with several definitions, the most commonly used of which is equal to approximately 28 grams. The ounce is used in a number of different systems, including those of mass that form part of the United States customary, and imperial, systems. The size of an ounce varies between systems. The most commonly used ounces today are the international avoirdupois ounce and the international troy ounce.

Anagrams of ounce

  1. Cuneo

Translations for ounce

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(usually abbreviated to oz when written) a unit of weight, 28.35 grammes.

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