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 busheling (audio) \

Definition of bushel (Entry 2 of 2)

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busheler \ ˈbu̇-​sh(ə-​)lər How to pronounce busheler (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 Five minutes down the road, eternally popular Hog Island Oyster Co. has reopened its outdoor bayfront oyster bar, reservations only; or grab a bushel of oysters and a shucking knife to go and throw your own picnic back at the cottage. Carey Jones, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Best Weekend Getaways in California," 15 June 2020 Inside the factory, the air is steamy from warm baths of alkaline water in which bushels of kozo — the stems of mulberry trees — are soaked. Oliver Whang, New York Times, "The Thinnest Paper in the World," 5 May 2020 Wheat growers are looking at break-even returns with the season’s average farm price on all varieties of wheat at $4.55 per bushel, down 61 cents from last year. oregonlive, "A boom for bean farmers: Pandemic spurs demand for legumes," 25 Apr. 2020 The price of soybeans, a high-value export product, peaked at $9.44 per bushel in January as China, a major importer of Wisconsin soybeans, tripled purchases in late 2019 and early this year. Jeff Bollier, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus has hit Wisconsin dairy farms especially hard -- some farmers may even have to dump milk," 27 Mar. 2020 President Trump’s administration set up the Market Facilitation Program to help offset losses caused by tariffs, basing the payouts on bushels produced. BostonGlobe.com, "There is no evidence Governor Jim Justice did anything illegal. But at least one analyst said the payments to the richest man in West Virginia are unseemly, given his wealth. And the subsidies have thrown the spotlight again on his business empire and the potential conflicts of interest it poses.," 18 Oct. 2019 President Donald Trump’s administration set up the Market Facilitation Program to help offset losses caused by tariffs, basing the payouts on bushels produced. Washington Post, "APNewsBreak: Billionaire governor’s family farms get subsidy," 17 Oct. 2019 President Donald Trump’s administration set up the Market Facilitation Program to help offset losses caused by tariffs, basing the payouts on bushels produced. chicagotribune.com, "Billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family farm got $125,000 from subsidy program meant to help farmers through China trade war," 17 Oct. 2019 First of all, GDP fluctuates not just from values of physical bushels of corn, soy and other crops. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Weather, bad crops and lasting effects," 9 June 2019

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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 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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