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tun

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noun \ˈtən\

Definition of tun

  1. 1 :  a large cask especially for wine

  2. 2 :  any of various units of liquid capacity; especially :  one equal to 252 gallons



Examples of tun

  1. <in olden days an English ship's capacity was measured by the number of tuns of wine it could hold>



Origin of tun

Middle English tonne, tunne, from Old English & Anglo-French; Old English, from Medieval Latin tunna; Anglo-French tone, tonne, from Medieval Latin


First Known Use: before 12th century

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