What is a Quart? - 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 quart 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 quart is and how to compare it to a gallon and other measurements.

What Is a Quart?

You want to eat some cereal, but you have no milk, and a gallon of milk is more than you need. The grocery store offers a smaller container of milk called a quart, but what is a quart you ask? A quart is a way to measure volume or how much liquid a container can hold. A quart is a quarter of a gallon. What is a quarter of a gallon? Well, you can solve this problem by thinking of money. Think of a gallon as the same as a dollar, and think of a quart as the same as a quarter. One must have four quarters to equal a dollar so, this means that one must have four quarts to equal a gallon.

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Pints, Quarts and Gallons

Long ago, there was a village called Gallon Land. This makes the gallon the biggest unit of liquid measure. 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. A pint is a unit of liquid measure that equals half of a quart 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 two cups to equal a pint.

Quarts to Cups

What if you want to compare quarts to cups? Well, you will need to use multiplication to get there. Remember that there are 2 pints in a quart, and there are 2 cups in a pint. Multiply 2 times 2, and you get 4, so you will need 4 cups to make a quart.

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