What does "lbs" stand for?


The letters "lbs" form the abbreviation for the word "pounds." The "lb" stands for "libra pondo," which is a Latin term meaning "pound weight." The Latin language eventually cut the term to just "libra," from which the letters "lb" come.

The English word "pound" comes from the "pondo" part of the Latin phrase, though the abbreviation is from the "libra" part. The "s" in the abbreviation indicates the plural form of "pound." Similarly, "ounce" and "ounces" are both abbreviated with the letters "oz" because the English word ounce originates from the medieval Italian word "onza," which is now spelled "oncia."

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