Definition of liter in English:


Syllabification: li·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈlētər
(British litre
, abbreviation: l)


  • A metric unit of capacity, formerly defined as the volume of 1 kilogram of water under standard conditions, now equal to 1,000 cubic centimeters (about 1.75 pints).
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    • In an irrigated area, a litre of milk takes at least 500 litres of water to produce.
    • Campaigners say just one litre can make a million litres of fresh water unfit to drink.
    • Before tax a litre of petrol is actually cheaper than a litre of bottled water.


late 18th century: from French litre, alteration of litron (an obsolete measure of capacity), via medieval Latin from Greek litra, a Sicilian monetary unit.

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