Meaning of gallon in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡalən/

Translate gallon into Spanish


  • 1

    (also imperial gallon)
    British A unit of liquid or dry capacity equal to eight pints or 4.55 litres.

    ‘Pump prices have already soared to 81p per litre - £3.68p a gallon - on many forecourts.’
    • ‘It was announced that garages would switch to selling petrol by the litre instead of the gallon from the following autumn.’
    • ‘Check the number of kilometres it achieves per litre or miles per gallon with dealers and then double-check those figures in motoring magazines or on consumer websites.’
    • ‘He said the typical dairy farmer in Ireland is producing 40,000 gallons of milk per year.’
    • ‘Fuel-cell capacity has been reduced from 35 gallons to 30 gallons, and the amount of methanol teams may have in their trackside tanks has changed accordingly.’
    • ‘Since we've been here, we've probably bought close to 100,000 litres of compost (that's close to 22,000 imperial gallons).’
    • ‘The reservoir has a capacity of 720 million gallons, 143 millions more than Hollingworth Lake and enough to keep a household tap running for 50 years.’
    • ‘The AA calculates that a modest family car doing 12,000 miles a year and getting 30 miles per gallon will use 1800 litres of fuel.’
    • ‘With the fuel tank capacity exceeding 12 gallons, this gives a theoretical range of 600 miles between refills.’
    • ‘At this time, the going rate per gallon was the equivalent of about 5p.’
    • ‘The price at the Shell petrol station in Haverfordwest is 89.9p per litre, approximately 15p a gallon difference.’
    • ‘Other units, such as cubic meters or imperial gallons, can be converted to the U.S. barrel fairly easily.’
    • ‘Petrol prices could go up by another 5p per gallon, or 1p per litre, in the coming weeks after an increase in the cost of crude oil.’
    • ‘The Fabia will average well over 40 miles per gallon, almost matching the more expensive 1.9 litre turbodiesel.’
    • ‘The premium was based on the milk quota held by eligible farmers on March 31 at a rate of approximately 1.21 cent a litre or 5.5 cent per gallon.’
    • ‘Even unleaded petrol has long since raced past the £4 per gallon mark, retailing at 96.9 pence a litre.’
    • ‘The annual price for milk per gallon was £1.17, the euro equivalent being 1.48.’
    • ‘The plastic pipeline, only eight inches in diameter, can bring 22,000 gallons per hour.’
    • ‘Even if we use Moller's 645 hp figure, that's 43 gallons per hour.’
    1. 1.1US A unit of liquid capacity equal to 3.79 litres.
      ‘This is also known as water volume which is measured in gallons per minute or litres per minute and the amount of water being thrown at the surface being cleaned.’
      • ‘This statement is often said by Canadians looking at all the US tourists trying to figure out how to convert litres to gallons.’
      • ‘The economics of doing that are such that one ends up using the equivalent of six gallons of gasoline to make enough hydrogen to replace one gallon of gasoline.’
      • ‘The paper points out that the energy of 2.66 gallons of ethanol is equivalent to 1.74 gallons of gasoline.’
      • ‘According to Leisner, one ton of waste produces the equivalent of 18 gallons of biofuel.’
      • ‘An independent forensic specialist determined that the foam's combustibility was equivalent to 13 gallons of gasoline.’
      • ‘The total shown is equivalent to 62 gallons of diesel fuel.’
      • ‘Should we be concerned about the whole chain of calculations he used to arrive at a wheat-field equivalent for a gallon of gas?’
      • ‘Four liters is approximately one gallon, or the equivalent of about nine pounds.’
      • ‘The fission of a single gram of uranium is the energy equivalent of burning three tons of coal, or 600 gallons of fuel oil.’
      • ‘That's the equivalent of about 1 teaspoon of sugar in a gallon of water.’
      • ‘What gets the equivalent of 1,000 miles per gallon, doesn't pollute, will save the world, and transports you in breezy style?’
      • ‘Well, certainly this would be true in Europe, where fuel costs the equivalent of $4 or $5 per gallon.’
      • ‘I kicked the habit in the early 1980s, when gas prices were the equivalent of about $3 per gallon.’
      • ‘For smaller back pack sprayers use an equivalent of 1.3 oz of product per every gallon of water.’
      • ‘The milk is available in gallons, half gallons, quarts and pints.’
      • ‘At eight cents a gallon, that's a savings of $1.20 compared to other gas stations.’
      • ‘Carry one gallon of water per person per day, and beware of sudden wind gusts or thunderstorms.’
      • ‘The interesting question is: What is the cost of burning a gallon of gasoline to society?’
      • ‘One respondent said that poultry plants have increased water consumption from approximately six gallons to 9.5 gallons per bird.’
  • 2gallons of informal A large volume of something.

    • ‘gallons of fake blood’
    • ‘Rather than wasting multiple gallons of energized water I should think it would be profitable, if not philanthropic, to bottle it and take it to market.’
    • ‘What do a few buckets of waste mean anyway, in the grand scheme of things as you bob up and down atop gazillions of gallons of seawater?’
    • ‘Just as well we're in the country here, with a good breeze and gazillions of gallons of fresh air to sweep it up.’
    • ‘A plethora of massive pipes keep draining millions of gallons of radioactive water into the sea with high amount of low-level radiation.’
    • ‘A large aquarium was pulled over and smashed, sending gallons of water cascading over the floor.’
    • ‘Those stars join a list of past celebrity sliming victims during the popular ritual in which gallons of slime rain down on someone during the festivities.’


Middle English from Anglo-Norman French galon, from the base of medieval Latin galleta, galletum ‘pail, liquid measure’, perhaps of Celtic origin.