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

Definition of bushel

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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 She and Spiro grew bushels of vegetables and fruits to make Macedonian pepper and tomato spread. Tim Botos, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio couple dies hours apart after 67 years of marriage," 14 Feb. 2020 The average number of bushels of corn per acre is between 180 and 250. USA TODAY, "Navajo ‘Baby Shark,’ Stanley Hotel, final ‘Plunge for Pete’: News from around our 50 states," 31 Dec. 2019 The average soybean farmer produces about 50,000 bushels each year, so a $2 drop in prices could mean a loss of about $100,000 in revenue. Musadiq Bidar, CBS News, "Iowa voters say they want to hear more from Democrats on foreign policy," 7 Oct. 2019 Futures rose 1% Friday to $5.71 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "The U.S. Hasn’t Planted This Little Wheat in More Than a Century," 17 Jan. 2020 Because a lot of folks outside the Bay Area thought you guys traded your souls for a bushel of titanic home runs. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Farhan Zaidi’s hiring of Gabe Kapler as Giants manager: more than respect?," 16 Nov. 2019 But as of this week, the price is hovering around $9 a bushel. Musadiq Bidar, CBS News, "Iowa voters say they want to hear more from Democrats on foreign policy," 7 Oct. 2019 Separately, the agency also reported that about 394 million bushels of wheat are now stored in the state, down 13% from the amount in storage at this time a year ago. USA TODAY, "MLK, robot unemployment, Python Bowl: News from around our 50 states," 14 Jan. 2020 In addition to human lives, the shutdowns saved approximately 570 million bushels of corn, wheat, and soybeans in nearby fields (that’s around two million dump trucks worth of grain and beans). Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "We save lives and crops every time a coal plant closes," 8 Jan. 2020

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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 28 Feb. 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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