What is a Pint? - Definition & Conversion

Instructor: Kadoria Burgess

I have a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Spanish. I have taught for 5 years in bilingual classrooms of various elementary grade levels.

A pint is a way to measure liquid, but how is it different from a cup or a gallon? In this lesson, you will learn a fun way to remember what a pint is and how to compare it to a gallon and other measurements.

What is a Pint?

You want to make cupcakes, and the recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of milk. The grocery store sells a gallon and a quart of milk, but that would be way too much. The grocery store offers a smaller container of milk called a pint, but what is a pint you ask? A pint is a way to measure volume, or how much liquid a container can hold. A pint is a half of a quart. What is a quart? A quart is another way to measure volume that equals a quarter of a gallon. To figure out what a quarter of a gallon is, think of money. A gallon is like having a dollar, and a quart is like having a quarter. There are four quarters in a dollar so, there are four quarts in a gallon.

Gallons, Quarts, Pints, and Cups

'Long ago, there was a village called Gallon Land.'

This makes the gallon the biggest unit of liquid measure in the imperial system.

'Gallon Land was divided into four provinces called quarts.'

This means that there are 4 quarts in a gallon so, the quart is the next largest unit of liquid measure.

'Each quart was ruled by two princes.'

The 2 princes represent the next largest unit of liquid measure called a pint so, you will need 2 pints to make a quart.

'Each prince had two crowns.'

The 2 crowns represent the smallest unit of measure here, cups. So, you would need 2 cups to equal a pint.

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