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Can someone explain these measures?

Thanks! I am interested in some china from Europe, and the website gives this info:

Teacup c. 2,4 dl
Small cup c.1,8 dl
Bowl c.3,2 dl
Plate diam. 16 cm

I'm not sure what the numbers and the abbreviation "dl" mean.
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  1. dl = decileter = 0.1 liter

    1 decileter = 0.422 cups

    2,4 --> 2.4

    2.4 decileters = 1.01 cups

    1. dl is deciliters (or tenths of a liter). 1 US oz is about .3 dl; and 1dl is about 3.4 oz. So a 2.4 dl teacup is about 8 oz.

      cm is centimeters. 2.54 cm = 1 inch.

      1. dl is a unit of volume it means decilitre or one tenth of a litre.
        This link will convert it to ounces.


        1. Unless you are using Imperial ounces.

          1. I like metric when it sticks to grams. Using these units makes it as bad as the old bad U.S. measurement system.

            2 Replies
            1. re: Antilope

              How could one use grams to describe volume? These are cups and a bowl an plate. The volume and diameter are far more important than the weight?

              1. re: Antilope

                It is easy to convert between grams (of water) and volume - 1 gm of water = 1 ml (or cc). Technically you have to specify the purity and temperature of the water, but home cooks can ignore those details.

              2. As everyone has said, dl is deciliter or 0.1 L.

                Teacup = 240 mL = 8.1 fl. oz. (By the way, 1 cup ~ 236 mL)
                Small cup = 180 mL = 6.1 fl. oz
                Bowl = 320 mL = 10.1 oz
                Plate diam = 16 cm = 6.3 inch. This refers to the distance through its center:


                1. Ah, the cup and bowls are described by how much they hold. The plate is described by how large it is.
                  Makes sense now, thanks!
                  In the US I usually see teacups described in inches, sometimes meaning height, sometimes meaning diameter. Very confusing!

                  2 Replies
                  1. re: BangorDin

                    what are you talking about? US is the best.

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      And for our next trick, we will express the speed of light in furlongs per fortnight.

                    1. re: meatn3

                      I know! wow! I've emailed for prices (she'll send from Finland using PayPal for payment) but I'm scared to see the an$wer.