bush·el | \ ˈbu̇-shəl \

Definition of bushel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of various units of dry capacity — see Weights and Measures Table

2 : a container holding a bushel

3 : a large quantity bushels of money


busheled; busheling\-sh(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of bushel (Entry 2 of 2)

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busheler \-sh(ə-)lər \ noun

Examples of bushel in a Sentence


picked up a bushel of decorations at the after-Christmas sale

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Normally, the price of a bushel of soybeans is not a major political topic, but 2018 has not been a normal year. NBC News, "In Trump's trade war, China takes aim at vulnerable counties," 24 June 2018 In 2016, The Fact Checker awarded a bushel of flop-flops to lawmakers, Democrat and Republican, who conveniently changed their position on Supreme Court nominations depending on who was in power at the time. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "For the record: Supreme Court nominees considered in ‘election years’," 27 June 2018 Today, bushels of black and gray hair flow from Walker’s head and the tattoo on his wrist of Cambodian script is fading. Anthony J. Rivera, Washington Post, "Living D.C. graffiti legend went from rowdy thug to art teacher," 28 June 2018 Soybean prices have fallen $1.50 a bushel since the Chinese threatened tariffs in April, said Terry Hollifield, the executive director for the Georgia office of the American Soybean Association. Alex Soderstrom, ajc, "Georgia farmers face uncertainty as crop tariffs loom," 25 June 2018 Imagine a farmer who expects to harvest about 175 bushels of corn per acre. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Can Wisconsin’s corn take the heat? Study warns rising temperatures could be devastating," 19 June 2018 Even though corn prices at $3.60 per bushel were one-third those of soybeans, the corn farmer more than made up for the difference in bountiful production. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "This Agriculture Giant Is Bringing in the Drones to Modernize Farming From Cornfields to Vineyards," 19 June 2018 In the rear of the store, the artist Mokshini moved furiously with markers as guests lined up by the bushel to have their likenesses drawn. John Ortved, Vogue, "It Happened on Fifth Avenue: Kendall Jenner Opens Longchamp’s New Flagship," 4 May 2018 Almost any type of container can be used, from bushel baskets, metal drums, and gallon cans to plastic tubs, wooden boxes and well-rinsed cut-off bleach jugs. OregonLive.com, "No room for a vegetable garden? Create space with potted plants," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bushel


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bushel


Middle English busshel, from Anglo-French bussel, buschelle, from Old French boisse measure of grain, of Celt origin; akin to Middle Irish boss breadth of the hand


probably from German bosseln to do poor work, to patch; akin to Old English bēatan to beat

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English Language Learners Definition of bushel

: a unit for measuring an amount of fruit and grain that is equal to about 35.2 liters in the U.S. and to about 36.4 liters in the U.K.

bushels : a large amount of something


bush·el | \ ˈbu̇-shəl \

Kids Definition of bushel

: a unit of measure (as of grain, produce, or seafood) equal to four pecks or 32 quarts (about 35 liters)

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