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


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

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The wild chestnuts around this leafy college town used to grow in such great numbers that locals collected the nuts by the bushel and shipped them off to New York City for a small fortune. Julia Rosen, latimes.com, "Should we resurrect the American chestnut tree with genetic engineering?," 25 June 2019 Homers by the bushel, a polished performance by Brett Anderson and the A’s finally tugged themselves away from the .500 mark. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s belt six homers, top Orioles 16-2 to move two games over .500," 18 June 2019 However, Michael Langemeier, an agricultural economics professor at Purdue, said commercial corn prices aren’t estimated to go much above the average since 2007 of $4.55 a bushel. Nyssa Kruse, Indianapolis Star, "Commercial corn prices are going up. Here's what that could mean for your grocery bill," 17 June 2019 That dampened demand and pushed prices below the break-even level of just under $10 a bushel. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Low prices, floods and trade wars plague American farmers, putting their survival at risk," 6 June 2019 Truckers will get fewer loads, hopper railroad cars will sit on sidings, elevators will handle fewer bushels, and less LP gas will be used for corn drying. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Weather, bad crops and lasting effects," 9 June 2019 Soybean prices have slid 10% this year through Oct. 5, to $8.69 per bushel. Dan Weil, WSJ, "The Bearish Case for Commodities," 8 Oct. 2018 In any case, the problem gets worse as the bushel of boxes gets larger and larger. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "Why is it so hard to get rid of cardboard boxes?," 6 Dec. 2018 Chrissy Pierce drove from Harrisburg, Pa., on Tuesday for a bushel of live crabs. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "After July Fourth crab feasts, an uncertain season for Maryland seafood industry," 6 July 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.
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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