bush·​el | \ ˈbu̇-shəl How to pronounce bushel (audio) \

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\ ˈbu̇-​sh(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce bushel (audio) \

Definition of bushel (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from bushel


busheler \ ˈbu̇-​sh(ə-​)lər How to pronounce bushel (audio) \ noun

Examples of bushel in a Sentence

Noun picked up a bushel of decorations at the after-Christmas sale
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wheat prices fell to their lowest level since before the February invasion of Ukraine following the signing of agreement on Friday, with the most active wheat futures contract trading at $7.59 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade. Jared Malsin, WSJ, 27 July 2022 That bushel makes 1,500 tortillas (6-inch tortillas, 60 calories), each with a quarter-cent’s worth of corn. Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 On March 7, wheat traded at a record high of $12.94 a bushel. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 28 June 2022 In Chicago, the international benchmark, wheat prices spiked to $12.68 per half bushel in mid-May, a 60% jump this year. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 June 2022 Lauber can expect a bushel basketful of cases from rounders, defiers, protesters, wits, wags, and wiseacres, all playing the Boechler gambit, with variations. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Corn that was selling on the Chicago commodity market in January for $6.06 a bushel was selling for $7.54 in late March. Christopher Quinn, ajc, 30 Mar. 2022 The price of wheat had already begun to adjust by early February and now has risen 33 percent and exceeds $10 a bushel. Michael Slattery, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Mar. 2022 Wheat markets surged by the maximum amount allowed by the Chicago exchange on Thursday, trading 5.7% higher at $9.3475 a bushel at 8:26 a.m. in London on Thursday, while in Paris, milling wheat is being traded 16% higher. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 Celtic 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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“Bushel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bushel. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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bush·​el | \ ˈbu̇-shəl How to pronounce bushel (audio) \

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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