Cups in a pint

There are 2 cups (C) in 1 pint (pt) in the US customary and imperial systems of measurement. Cups and pints are units of volume and capacity in these systems. There are numerous definitions of the cup. Even within the US, there are multiple definitions of the cup; the US customary cup (usually referred to as just "cup") and the US legal cup.

Even though their measurements with respect to units such as milliliters differ, their relationship within their respective systems of measurement remains the same; 2 cups = 1 pint.

Cups to pints converter

The following converter converts cups to pints or pints to cups. Just enter a value in either cups or pints to convert between the two.


Convert cups to pints

To convert from cups to pints, divide a value in cups by 2. To convert from pints to cups, multiply a value in pints by 2.

How many cups in a pint

There are 2 cups in 1 pint.

How many cups in a quart

There are 4 cups in 1 quart.

How many cups in a gallon

There are 16 cups in 1 gallon.

Below are some cups to pints and pints to cups conversion examples.


1. Convert 3.72 cups to pints:

3.72 C ÷ 2 = 1.86 pt

2. Convert 12 pints to cups:

12 pt × 2 = 24 cups

Note that if we wanted to convert imperial pints to US cups, the relationships above cannot be used. This is because while those relationships are true within each respective system of measurement, cups and pints in each system are based on different definitions of the gallon.

What is a cup

A cup is a measurement of volume in both the US customary and imperial systems of measurement. It is one of the most widely used measurements of volume, particularly in cooking and baking. There are various definitions of the cup in different systems of measurement as well as within the same systems. In the US customary system there are also different cup measurements for liquid and dry ingredients. There is also a US legal cup, which is a different version of a US cup.

Cup definition

A cup is defined as 1/16 of a gallon. Regardless which system it is used in, this is the definition of a cup. However, cups in different systems of measurement have different measures when measured in another unit, such as a milliliter.

US customary cup

A US customary cup has the following equivalences:

1 US customary cup = gallon
  = quart
  = pints
  = 8 fl oz
  = 236.5882365 mL
  = imperial cups
  = 16.65348369 imperial fluid ounces

US Legal cup

The US legal cup is a measure that varies slightly from the standard US customary cup. It is mostly used for nutrition labeling, and unlike the US customary and imperial cups, which are based on the definition of the gallon in the respective systems, the US legal cup is a unit on its own. A US legal cup has the following equivalences:

1 US legal cup = 240 mL
  = 8 US customary fl oz
  = 8.45 imperial fl oz

Imperial cup

An imperial cup has the following equivalences:

1 imperial cup = gallon
  = quart
  = pints
  = 10 imperial fl oz
  = 284.131 mL
  = 1.20095 US cups
  = 9.6076 US customary fluid ounces

Cup history

The measurement of the cup was standardized in 1896 by Fannie Farmer in a cookbook. Prior to this standardization, it was common for recipes to use vague terminology such as "a handful of beans" or a "generous portion of sugar." Standardization of the cup made it one of the most versatile and widely used measurements in cooking and baking.

What is a pint

A pint is a measurement of volume in the US customary and imperial systems of measurement. In both systems, 1 pint is equal to 1/8 of a gallon. Also, since the US customary and imperial systems have different definitions of the gallon, US pints and imperial pints have different measurements of volume despite having the same relationship to a gallon in their respective systems.

US customary pint

In the US customary system, there are two types of pints: a liquid pint and a dry pint.

Liquid pint

A liquid pint is a measurement of fluid volume. The relationships between liquid pints and other measurements of volume are shown below:

1 US liquid pint = gallon
  = quart
  = 2 cups
  = 16 fl oz
  = 473.176473 mL
  = 0.83267418463 imperial pints
  = 16.65348369 imperial fluid ounces

Dry pint

A dry pint is a measurement of volume used to measure dry ingredients such as flour, rice, granola, and more. The relationships between dry pints and other dry measures of volume are shown below:

1 US dry pint = 0.015625 bushels
  = 0.0625 pecks
  = 0.125 dry gallons
  = 0.5 dry quarts
  = 550.6104713575 mL
  = 0.96893897192092 imperial pints

Liquid vs dry measurements

The main difference between liquid and dry measures are the tools used to measure them. Dry measuring cups typically have a smooth brim and a flat top and are marked for and measure out only one specific amount. These cups typically have a range of sizes such as 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/3, 1/2 and more. Measuring dry ingredients can sometimes be tricky due to the density of the ingredients. For example, recipes that use brown sugar tend to require that the sugar be packed very tightly while flour usually needs to be loosely packed.

The cup used for liquid measurements is differentiated by a spout used to pour liquids and the fact that just one tool is used to measure a range of volumes, typically from 1/4 cups up to 2 cups.