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1. A unit of mass in the metric system equal to 100 kilograms.

[Middle English, a unit of weight, from Old French, from Medieval Latin quintāle, from Arabic qinṭār, from Late Greek kentēnarion, from Late Latin centēnārium (pondus), hundred(weight), from Latin centēnārius, of a hundred; see centenary.]


1. (Units) a unit of weight equal to 100 pounds
2. (Units) a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms
[C15: via Old French from Arabic qintār, possibly from Latin centēnārius consisting of a hundred]


(ˈkwɪn tl)

1. a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms (220.5 avoirdupois pounds).
[1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin quintāle < Arabic qinṭār weight of a hundred pounds. See centenary]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quintal - a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms
metric weight unit, weight unit - a decimal unit of weight based on the gram
centner, doppelzentner, hundredweight, metric hundredweight - a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms
metric ton, tonne, MT, t - a unit of weight equivalent to 1000 kilograms
2.quintal - a United States unit of weight equivalent to 100 pounds
avoirdupois unit - any of the units of the avoirdupois system of weights
quarter - a quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds)
net ton, short ton, ton - a United States unit of weight equivalent to 2000 pounds
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There was not money enough of any kind, in many parts of the country, to pay the salaries of the ministers; so that they sometimes had to take quintals of fish, bushels of corn, or cords of wood, instead of silver or gold.
Wouldn't hev your conscience fer a thousand quintal," said Dan.
They were Young, John Adams, McCoy, who was my great-grandfather, and Quintal.
Quintal was his chum, and they got drunk together all the time.
Then Quintal went to Young and demanded his wife, and went to Adams and demanded his wife.
National consumption is estimated at 21 million quintals and Tunisia imports essentially soft wheat.
A A A The collection rate of soft wheat reached 45 million quintals on August 15th, that is a 41 percent increase compared to 2006, a year of good harvest when the rate was only 8 percent, ONICL said in a faxed statement.
He also stressed the recent presidential measure to subsidize until August 31,2009, hard wheat at a rate of respectively 15 dinars the quintal and 10 dinars the quintal for tender wheat , barley and triticale.
Munoz said up to 140,000 quintals of coffee were wiped out.
The price per quintal at which the government purchased the wheat has also grown from 353 Br in 2009/10, to 507 Br, 534 Br and 549 Br through successive years until 2012/13.
The abundant harvests in Brazil and Colombia have pushed down the price of grain, which could reach less than $100 a quintal, reports Laprensa.
NCCF and Nafed procured seeds from 32 private agencies at a price between ` 1,450 and ` 1,700 per quintal, but sold it to HSDC at ` 2,050 and pocketed a margin of ` 350 to ` 450 per quintal," Khemka's complaint says.