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Traditional "№ 1545" pint glass from Warwickshire
Modern pint glass, "№ 2043" refers to Verrerie Cristallerie D ' Arques , JG Durand & CIE as the manufacturer

The pint ( listen ? / I ) or the PT [ 'paɪnt ] ( listen ? / I ) is an old, in the Anglo-American measurement system but to date common measure of space for both liquids and - particularly in the Anglo-American measurement system - for dry measurements . A pint in Great Britain and Ireland is equivalent to 0.5683 liters, and one pint in the USA is 0.47320 liters. Audio file / audio sample Audio file / audio sample

With typical pint glasses there are no serving dimensions , but a pint is reached when the edge of the glass is closed.

Units and dimensions

Unit symbols (unofficial): Imp. Pt., US dry pt., US liq. pt.

  • 1 Imp. Pt. (Great Britain and Ireland) = 4 gill = 20 imperial fluid ounces = 34.67743125 inch³ = 568.26128524935 cm³ (ml)
    1 imp. Gallon = 8 imp. Pt.
  • 1 US liq. pt. = 4 liq. gill = 16 US fluid ounces = 28.875 in³ = 473.176473 cm³
    1 US gallon = 8 US pt.
  • 1 US dry pt. = 33.6003125 in³ = 550.6104713575 cm³
    1 bushel = 8 corn gallon = 64 US dry pt.
  • 20,000 Imp. Pt. = 24019 US liq. pt.
    1 Imp. Pt. = 1.20095 US liq. pt.
  • 5,376,050 Imp. Pt. = 5548389 US dry pt.
    1 Imp. Pt. ≈ 1.032057 US dry pt.
  • 92,400 US dry pt. = 107,521 US liq. pt.
    1 dry pt. ≈ 1.163647 US liq. pt.
  • 1 metric pint = 2 metric cup = 500 cm³ = 0.5 liters

The Scottish pint had different values:

The French pint varied from region to region:

  • Paris : 1 pint (simple) = 46.05 Paris cubic inches
    • Paris for milk 1 pint = 92.1 Parisian cubic inches (after the revolution 1.5 times pint (simple))
  • Saint-Denis: 1 pint = 73.875 Parisian cubic inches
  • Saint-Maur: 1 pint = 84 Parisian cubic inches
  • Laugey (?): 1 pint = 69.535 Parisian cubic inches

Half a pint was called chopine , the quarter pint demi-fetier or 1/5 posson and the tenth pint demi-posson .


Until the present day u. a. in the UK beer and cider pint and halbpintweise served. Depending on the manufacturer, milk is also available in retail outlets in pints and in metric quantities.

The standard volume of electric kettles first and especially popular in the UK is nominally 1.7 liters, but actually 3 pints. Coffee machines for the catering trade by American manufacturers that are sold in the EU also often have water tanks with “crooked” (i.e. liquid pint- sized) volumes.

In Australia, since the switch to the metric system, the half liter has been referred to as (metric) pint , as has been the case in the French catering industry since the early 2000s. Beer is now served in 570 ml glasses in Australia, which is close to the original 568 ml for the Imperial Pint, and in South Australia in 425 ml glasses too.

In Germany, serving measurements in centiliters and liters are common. The volume specification “pint” or “pint” is not permitted for commercial dispensing ( Section 27 of the Measurement and Calibration Ordinance ).

Colloquially, the word “Pinte” in German is often used as a synonym for the term pub . In Flanders , pint is the name of a pilsner, served in 250 ml glasses. In Cologne, the pint was developed as a unit of measurement for alcoholic beverages.

See also

Web links

Commons : Pint  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Johann Michael Leuchs: Der Contorwissenschaft, part: The instruction to calculate all incidents in trade, in common and higher business with insight, containing. The latest in money, coin, mass and weight customers for merchants, businessmen and newspaper readers. Volume 3, Verlag E. Leuchs and Comp., Nuremberg 1834, p. 80.
  2. Johann Friedrich Memmert: Brief overview of the new French calendar system, the measures, coins and weights in the same way as the new regional division into departments. Johann Jakob Palm, Erlangen 1802, p. VIII.
  3. Weights and measures: the law. UK Government , April 17, 2015, accessed February 18, 2016 .