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[kawl-druh n] /ˈkɔl drən/
a large kettle or boiler.
Also, caldron.
Origin of cauldron
1250-1300; Middle English, alteration (by association with Latin caldus warm) of Middle English cauderon < Anglo-French, equivalent to caudere (< Late Latin caldāria; see caldera) + -on noun suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cauldron
  • Pure tin is mixed with its additional components in a large cauldron and slowly melted.
  • Rather, it is a roiling, seething cauldron of evanescent particles.
  • Because in the roiling cauldron of activity that governs galaxy formation, some stars go supernova.
  • Emotions are finally settling down in the entertainment industry's bubbling cauldron of labor disputes.
  • They can also use their own cauldron and camera to put together their video.
  • Seen from afar, the landscape looks perfectly smooth, but up close it is a churning cauldron of strange geometries.
  • Even witches appreciate what they bring to a boiling cauldron.
  • Plunging her knife into the animal, she bleeds it nearly dry and then casts the limp sheep into a bubbling cauldron.
  • At length she took a cauldron, set it on the fire, and boiled yarn in it.
  • Underneath it was a magma chamber, a vast seething cauldron of molten rock.
British Dictionary definitions for cauldron


a large pot used for boiling, esp one with handles
Word Origin
C13: from earlier cauderon, from Anglo-French, from Latin caldārium hot bath, from calidus warm
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Word Origin and History for cauldron

c.1300, caudron, from Anglo-French caudrun, Old North French cauderon (Old French chauderon "cauldron, kettle"), from augmentative of Late Latin caldaria "cooking pot" (source of Spanish calderon, Italian calderone), from Latin calidarium "hot bath," from calidus "warm, hot" (see calorie). The -l- was inserted 15c. in imitation of Latin.

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