What does gallon mean?

Definitions for gallon
ˈgæl əngal·lon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gallon, galnoun

    United States liquid unit equal to 4 quarts or 3.785 liters

  2. gallon, Imperial gallon, congiusnoun

    a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 quarts or 4.545 liters


  1. gallonnoun

    A unit of volume, equivalent to eight pints

  2. gallonnoun

    exactly 4.54609 liters; an imperial gallon

  3. gallonnoun

    231 cubic inches or approximately 3.785 liters for liquids (a "U.S. liquid gallon")

  4. gallonnoun

    one-eighth of a U.S. bushel or approximately 4.405 liters for dry goods (a "U.S. dry gallon").

  5. gallonnoun

    A large quantity (of any liquid).

    The pipe burst and gallons of water flooded into the kitchen.

  6. Etymology: From galon, galun, ultimately from galleta.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gallonnoun

    A liquid measure of four quarts.

    Etymology: gelo, low Latin.

    Beat them into powder, and boil them in a gallon of wine, in a vessel close stopped. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.


  1. Gallon

    The gallon is a unit of volume in imperial units and United States customary units. Three different versions are in current use: the imperial gallon (imp gal), defined as 4.54609 litres, which is or was used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and some Caribbean countries; the US gallon (US gal), defined as 3.785411784 L, (231 cubic inches) which is used in the US and some Latin American and Caribbean countries; and the US dry gallon ("usdrygal"), defined as 1⁄8 US bushel (exactly 4.40488377086 L).There are two pints in a quart and four quarts in a gallon. Different sizes of pints account for the different sizes of the imperial and US gallons. The IEEE standard symbol for both US (liquid) and imperial gallon is gal, not to be confused with the gal (symbol: Gal), a CGS unit of acceleration.


  1. gallon

    A gallon is a unit of volume primarily used in the United States but also in some other countries. Traditionally used for measuring volumes of liquid substances like milk or gasoline. It's equivalent to approximately 3.785 liters in the U.S. standard system, but in the British imperial system, it equates to about 4.546 liters.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gallonnoun

    a measure of capacity, containing four quarts; -- used, for the most part, in liquid measure, but sometimes in dry measure

  2. Etymology: [OF galon, jalon, LL. galo, galona, fr. galum a liquid measure; cf. F. jale large bowl. Cf. Gill a measure.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gallon

    gal′un, n. the standard measure of capacity=4 quarts. [O. Fr. galun, galon, jalon; app. cog. with Fr. jale, a bowl.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gallon is ranked #20099 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gallon surname appeared 1,329 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Gallon.

    63.8% or 849 total occurrences were Black.
    21.6% or 287 total occurrences were White.
    9.1% or 122 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.8% or 51 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 13 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gallon in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gallon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of gallon in a Sentence

  1. Robert X Cringely:

    If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost 100, get one million miles to the gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.

  2. Colorado Senate:

    When you're talking about the issues that affect working Coloradans, that's what's moving the needle, we're talking about record inflation, record crime, and diesel that's over $5 a gallon. That's what matters to working Americans, and that's why we're going to win on Tuesday.

  3. Jim Teague:

    We used to get 14 to 15 cents per gallon. We enjoyed a duopoly. I'm not going to tell you we're going to have the same kind of margins, but we're going to make it up in volume.

  4. Hannah Baxter:

    Bathing Culture is my go-to for a delicious, certified organic, biodegradable body wash that smells divine and leaves my skin supple and smooth, i stock up on the gallon jug about every nine months or so to refill my glass pump bottle, which is way more convenient than forgetting to order body wash at the last minute and panic buying something random from a bodega.

  5. Love Pun:

    We are boarding up our windows and have already started washing our five gallon jugs so we have extra water on site for the kids, we bought food for an extra week because we don’t know how things are going to be after the hurricane.

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