Ton etymology


English word ton comes from Old French tonne

Etymology of ton

Detailed word origin of ton

Dictionary entry Language Definition
tonne Old French (fro)
tun English (en) (transitive) To put into tuns, or casks. A part of the ancient Maya Long Count Calendar system which corresponds to 18 winal cycles or 360 days. (archaic, humorous, or, derogatory) A drunkard.. (brewing) A fermenting vat.. (zoology) Any shell belonging to Tonna and allied genera; called also tun-shell.. A large cask; an oblong vessel bulging in the middle, like a pipe or puncheon, and girt [...]
ton English (en) (colloquial, hyperbole) A large amount.. (cricket) One hundred runs.. (darts) One hundred points.. (slang) A speed of 100 mph.. (slang) One hundred pounds sterling.. A unit of volume; register ton.. A unit of weight (mass) equal to 2240 pounds (a long ton) or 2000 pounds (a short ton) or 1000 kilograms (a metric ton).. In refrigeration and air conditioning, a unit of thermal power defined as [...]