Definition of litre in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈliːtə/
(US liter , abbreviation l)


A metric unit of capacity, formerly defined as the volume of one kilogram of water under standard conditions, now equal to 1,000 cubic centimetres (about 1.75 pints): [as modifier]: a litre bottle of wine
More example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈliːt(ə)rɪdʒ/
Example sentences
  • But then again, it does depend on whether you're counting in units of alcohol or litreage, because I also dealt severely with 30 bottles of wine in that space of time.


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

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