Definition of kilogram in English:


Syllabification: kil·o·gram
Pronunciation: /ˈkiləˌgram
(British also kilogramme
, abbreviation: kg)


  • The SI unit of mass, equivalent to the international standard kept at Sèvres near Paris (approximately 2.205 lb).
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    • These systems would send tens or hundreds of kilograms instead of tons into orbit per launch.
    • Their opinion is no more valid than it would be if they declared pounds henceforth equivalent to kilograms.
    • By trading in imperial measures (pounds and ounces), he was apparently contravening legislation that came into being on 1 January which made the kilogramme the standard unit measurement of weight for loose goods in Britain.


late 18th century: from French kilogramme (see kilo-, gram1).

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