Definition of firkin in English:

firkin

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Pronunciation: /ˈfəːkɪn
 
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noun

  • 1A small cask formerly used for liquids, butter, or fish.
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    • If that wasn't enough he has provided T-shirts for the gang to wear on the ride (no yellow jerseys required) and thrown in five firkins of beer.
    • Her own father was a cooper in Kilaville and made the firkins there.
    • But Craig, a former club footballer and referee, is confident the team has a good chance of winning and has donated a firkin to the players for after the game.
  • 1.1A unit of liquid volume equal to half a kilderkin (usually 9 imperial gallons or about 41 litres).
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    • If you take a barrel to be two kilderkins and a kilderkin to be two firkins (which are themselves, of course, nine gallons), then the saving works out at about 14p per pint.
    • Other sizes were the firkin, kilderkin and hogshead.
    • Five firkins - that's about 360 pints or 41 litres - of Black Satin, his latest brew, were snapped up from his brewery.

Origin

Middle English ferdekyn, probably from the Middle Dutch diminutive of vierde 'fourth' (a firkin originally contained a quarter of a barrel).

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