Ounces in a pound

There are 16 ounces in 1 pound in the US customary and imperial systems of measurement. These systems of measurement use the definitions of the avoirdupois pound and ounce. There are other definitions of the pound and ounce, but the definition used by the avoirdupois system is the most common.

Pounds and ounces are both measurements of weight/mass that are primarily used in the United States, the United Kingdom, and their territories. Most other countries use the kilogram (kg), the base unit of mass in the International System of Units (SI), when measuring weight.

Ounces to pounds conversion

The following converter can be used to convert ounces to pounds or pounds to ounces. Just enter a value in either ounces or pounds to convert between the two


Ounces to pounds conversion explanation

To convert from ounces to pounds we need to use the following relationship:

1 ounce = pounds

1 pound = 16 ounces

Using this relationship, we divide a measurement in ounces by 16 to convert it to pounds, and we multiply a measurement in pounds by 16 to convert it to ounces.


1. Convert 17.8 ounces to pounds:

17.8 oz ÷ 16 = 1.1125 lb

2. Convert 3.7 pounds to ounces:

3.7 lb × 16 = 59.2 oz