Definition of kilo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkēlō/

noun (plural kilos)

1A kilogram.
Example sentences
  • Also, no single piece of luggage should exceed 70 pounds or 32 kilos in weight.
  • Borg kept his weight during a tournament at 73 kilos: a hectogram up or down and he'd feel either bloated or weak.
  • After six weeks, I had put on a lot of weight, almost a kilo [2.2 pounds] a day.
2 rare A kilometer.
Example sentences
  • There arrived late one afternoon a despatch requesting the pleasure of my society - in five hours' time - at a village some twenty kilos distant.
  • He covered the distance of 90 kilos in less then a day.
3A code word representing the letter K, used in radio communication.
Example sentences
  • Like data transfer rates, frequencies can be very large, so the standard large units are used to note them: kilo (K), mega (M), and giga (G).


Late 19th century: from French, abbreviation of kilogramme, kilomètre.

Words that rhyme with kilo


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Syllabification: ki·lo

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