Definition of “gram” - English Dictionary

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“gram” in British English

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gramnoun [ C ]

UK also gramme uk /ɡræm/ us /ɡræm/ written abbreviation g, gm

A2 a unit of mass equal to 0.001 kilograms


  • To make this cake, you'll need 175 grams each of sugar and flour, and two eggs.
  • This tin of beans weighs 475 grams.

Examples from literature

  • A can of soup may have as much as 30 grams of sugar in it. 
  • A long, hard day of work could bring a lucky prospector one ounce (about 28 grams) of gold. 
  • Each time a tree is tapped, it will produce about 30 grams of raw latex, adding up to about 11 kilograms a year. 
  • For example, a soft drink can have 39 grams of sugar – that’s about 13 teaspoons. 
  • Instead of fish, he found 170 grams of gold in the lake. 
  • It’s only 25 grams. 
  • The smallest freshwater turtle, the stinkpot turtle, grows to no more than 12 centimeters long and weighs only about 600 grams. 

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

“gram” in American English

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gramnoun [ C ]

us /ɡræm/ abbreviation g

a unit of measurement of weight equal to 0.001 kilogram

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

“gram” in Business English

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gramnoun [ C ]

also gramme uk /ɡræm/ us written abbreviation g, also gr, also gm, also grm MEASURES

a basic unit of weight in the metric system:

The fireworks contain a few grams of gunpowder.
a/per gram The firms are paying up to $45,000 per gram to place plants aboard satellites.
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(Definition of “gram” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)