Butt (unit)

The butt was an English measure of liquid volume equalling two hogsheads, being between 450 and 1060 litres by various historical definitions.[1]


A butt approximately equated to 108 imperial gallons (130 US gallons; 491 litres) for ale or 126 imperial gallons (151 US gallons; 573 litres) for wine (also known as a pipe), although the Oxford English Dictionary notes that "these standards were not always precisely adhered to".[1][2]

The butt is one in a series of English wine cask units, being half of a tun.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b "Butt, n.2". Oxford English Dictionary.
  2. ^ Ciphering (1833). Ciphering made easy, or, An attempt to render simple and interesting the first four rules of arithmetic. p. 84. ISBN 978-0559229732. Retrieved 2016-03-18.