What is the difference between Pints and Cups?

The difference between pints and cups

is that “pints” is a unit of volume, equivalent to: and “cups” is a concave vessel for drinking from, usually made of opaque material and with a handle.




  • A unit of volume, equivalent to:
  • (Britain, metonymically) A pint of milk.
  • (Britain, metonymically) A glass of beer or cider, served by the pint.

Related terms

  • half-pint
  • imperial pint
  • pinta
  • pint glass
  • pint pot
  • pint-size, pint-sized
  • US pint
  • you can’t fit a quart into a pint pot


  • Please leave three pints tomorrow, milkman.
  • Finn: You must have a terrible thirst on you tonight. I’ve never seen a man drink two pints at the same time.


  • A concave vessel for drinking from, usually made of opaque material (as opposed to a glass) and with a handle.
  • The contents of said vessel; a cupful.
  • A customary unit of measure
  • A trophy in the shape of an oversized cup.
  • A contest for which a cup is awarded.
  • (soccer) The main knockout tournament in a country, organised alongside the league.
  • (golf) A cup-shaped object placed in the target hole.
  • (in combination) Any of various sweetened alcoholic drinks.
  • (US, Canada) A rigid concave protective covering for the male genitalia. (for UK usage see box)
  • One of the two parts of a brassiere which each cover a breast.
  • (mathematics) The symbol

    {displaystyle cup }
    denoting union and similar operations (confer cap).

  • A suit of the minor arcana in tarot, or one of the cards from the suit.
  • (ultimate frisbee) A defensive style characterized by a three player near defense cupping the thrower; or those three players.
  • A flexible concave membrane used to temporarily attach a handle or hook to a flat surface by means of suction (suction cup).
  • Anything shaped like a cup.
  • (medicine, historical) A cupping glass or other vessel or instrument used to produce the vacuum in cupping.
  • That which is to be received or indured; that which is allotted to one; a portion of blessings and afflictions.

Coordinate terms

  • mug
  • pannikin


  • In Starbucks’s case, the firm has in effect turned the process of making an expensive cup of coffee into intellectual property.
  • Pour the tea into the cup.
  • I drank two cups of water but still felt thirsty.
  • Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you’re well enough off so’s you don’t have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.
  • The World Cup is awarded to the winner of a quadrennial football tournament.
  • The World Cup is the world’s most widely watched sporting event.
  • Until it was disbanded in 1999, the European Cup-Winners Cup was contested annually by the winners of Europe’s national cups.
  • Wallace had the unique distinction of being the only player ever to play in the English, Welsh and Scottish Cups in the same season.
  • One week earlier, they had lost 5-2 to Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal [the German cup] final in Berlin.
  • The ball just misses the cup.
  • cider cup; gin cup; claret cup
  • Players of contact sports are advised to wear a cup.
  • The cups are made of a particularly uncomfortable material.
  • the cup of an acorn
  • The cowslip’s golden cup no more I see.
  • O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.


  • (transitive) To form into the shape of a cup, particularly of the hands.
  • (transitive) To hold something in cupped hands.
  • (transitive) To pour (a liquid, drink, etc.) into a cup.
  • (transitive, obsolete) To supply with cups of wine.
  • (transitive, surgery, archaic) To apply a cupping apparatus to; to subject to the operation of cupping.
  • (transitive, engineering) To make concave or in the form of a cup.


  • Cup your hands and I’ll pour some rice into them.
  • He cupped the ball carefully in his hands.
  • We are cupping some new brands of coffee today.
  • Cup us, till the world go round.
  • to cup the end of a screw