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[lee-ter] /ˈli tər/
noun, Chiefly British
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Examples from the web for litre
  • Indeed, even with oil prices sky high, a litre of bottled water can cost more than a litre of petrol.
  • Experts are even recommending drinking a litre of water after dyeing in order to dilute any peroxide absorbed through the skin.
  • Ethanol is corrosive and has less energy per litre than petrol and diesel.
  • Plus you can even take litre bottles of water through customs and onto flights in some places.
British Dictionary definitions for litre


one cubic decimetre
(formerly) the volume occupied by 1 kilogram of pure water at 4°C and 760 millimetres of mercury. This is equivalent to 1.000 028 cubic decimetres or about 1.76 pints
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Medieval Latin litra, from Greek: a unit of weight
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