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)

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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 Rising soybean prices in the U.S. are also pushing gains in soyoil, with the most-active futures contract on the Chicago Board of Trade jumping as high as $16.43 per bushel in May, their highest level since September 2012. Kirk Maltais, WSJ, 6 June 2021 March corn ended up the daily 25-cent limit at $5.17¼ a bushel, the highest level for a most-active contract since May 2014. Mark Weinraub, Star Tribune, 12 Jan. 2021 Juicy melon and grapefruit follow, with touches of tropicals and a bushel of lemons. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2021 That’s an increase of nearly $1.40 per bushel from a month ago and nearly twice the price of a year ago. Chris Morris, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2021 Futures for the crop spiked above $6 a bushel for the first time since June 2013 on tight supply and strong demand from China and South Korea. Frank Holmes, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 That represents a 567 million bushel decline in US domestic corn inventories in just one year’s time. Sal Gilbertie, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 The most-active corn contract trading on the Chicago Board of Trade closed Monday at nearly $5.47 a bushel. Kirk Maltais, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2021 March soybeans jumped 45¾ cents to $14.18¼ a bushel, the highest for a most-active soy contract since June 2014. Mark Weinraub, Star Tribune, 12 Jan. 2021

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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 24 Jun. 2021.

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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.
US, informal : a large amount of something


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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