Meaning of “kilogram” in the English Dictionary

"kilogram" in English

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kilogramnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɪl.ə.ɡræm/ us /ˈkɪl.ə.ɡræm/ written abbreviation kg

Examples from literature

  • For example, a bird that weighs two kilograms eats one to two kilograms of food. 
  • For example, a whale shark eats about 21 kilograms of food a day before it’s even an adult. 
  • Formula 1 drivers lose as much as three kilograms of water from their body in just one race! 
  • He was surprised to see he was one kilogram lighter! 
  • If a person weighs 100 kilograms, only about 15 kilograms of this is bone. 
  • It eats about 40 kilograms of food a night. 
  • It weighed 495 kilograms and its eyes were 15 centimeters across! 
  • Koalas weigh 5–14 kilograms. 
  • The average adult bluefin tuna is two meters long and weighs 250 kilograms. 
  • The blue whale eats more than 3,000 kilograms of fish every day. 
  • They can eat 40 kilograms of food in the week before they go to sleep. 
  • They’re heavy, over 3,000 kilograms! 
  • Think of something really expensive – maybe $10,000 a kilogram! 
  • This animal can be 3 meters long and 70 kilograms. 
  • You may need a friend to help you – a catfish can weigh 40 kilograms! 

(Definition of “kilogram” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"kilogram" in American English

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kilogramnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɪl·əˌɡræm/ abbreviation kg, short form kilo, /ˈki·loʊ/

a unit of measurement of weight equal to 1000 grams or 2.2 pounds

(Definition of “kilogram” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"kilogram" in Business English

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kilogramnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɪləʊɡræm/ us also kilo, abbreviation kg

MEASURES a unit of measurement of weight equal to 1000 grams, or approximately 2.2 pounds:

These scales measure in kilograms.

(Definition of “kilogram” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)