Definition of firkin
1 : a small wooden vessel or cask
2 : any of various British units of capacity usually equal to 1⁄4 barrel
Examples of firkin
<the innkeeper opened up a firkin of his special ale for the weary travelers>
Origin of firkin
Middle English, ultimately from Middle Dutch veerdel fourth, from veer four; akin to Old English fēower — more at four
First Known Use: 14th century
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