gallon etymology

English word gallon comes from Vulgar Latin *galla, Gaulish galla, and later Latin galleta ((Medieval Latin) jug, bucket, pail.)

Detailed word origin of gallon

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*galla Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
galla Gaulish (cel-gau)
galus Latin (lat)
*galla Latin (lat)
galum Late Latin (LL)
galleta Latin (lat) (Medieval Latin) jug, bucket, pail.
galon Old French (fro)
galun Old Northern French (fro-nor)
gallon English (eng) (British, Canadian) exactly 4.54609 liters; an imperial gallon. (US) 231 cubic inches or approximately 3.785 liters for liquids (a "U.S. liquid gallon"). (US) one-eighth of a U.S. bushel or approximately 4.405 liters for dry goods (a "U.S. dry gallon").. (in the plural, informal) A large quantity (of any liquid).. A unit of volume, equivalent to eight pints.

Words with the same origin as gallon

Descendants of galla
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