caul·​dron | \ ˈkȯl-drən How to pronounce cauldron (audio) \
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Definition of cauldron

1 : a large kettle or boiler
2 : something resembling a boiling cauldron in intensity or degree of agitation a cauldron of intense emotions

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The most elaborate staging, which includes a momentary smoke effect under a cauldron, is on the bill’s first half. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘The Bournonville Legacy’ Review: Excerpts From a Ballet Master," 11 July 2019 The idea is often mined for apocalyptic horror or humor, and as a cauldron for viewing characters at their most truthful and exposed. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Blowing Up Right Now': Film Review," 16 June 2019 However, there is talent out in Turkey, with the Super Lig's ferocity and cauldron-like stadium atmosphere teaching its players about pressure, rivalry and passion like few other leagues., "Turkish Super Lig: 6 Players Who Could Play in the Premier League & Which Clubs They Would Suit," 27 June 2019 Majestic mountain views and cauldron-like calderas paired with unique flavors make these wineries must-see stops on your itinerary. Adrienne Jordan, National Geographic, "Here are 9 volcanic vineyards for wine tasting with a view," 7 May 2019 And from pop culture to folklore, witchcraft is often depicted as arcane and dark, a world of bubbling cauldrons and crystal balls. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "8 Modern Witches Share Their Daily Beauty Rituals," 11 Apr. 2019 After Paul Fry shut down Bundy’s sixth, Branden Kline and Shawn Armstrong allowed a run apiece to heat up the kettle for Lucas, Bleier, and Givens in a cauldron of a ninth inning. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles hang on for 12-11 win over Rangers thanks to big nights from Pedro Severino, Dwight Smith Jr.," 5 June 2019 When looking at volcanoes, scientists often focus on what's known as the caldera, a volcanic crater similar to a cauldron. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Kilauea's 2018 Eruption Was "Unprecedented," Scientists Say," 11 Dec. 2018 For your pho fix, hit the rough-and-tumble Phở Gia Truyền, where a giant cauldron of beef broth simmers up front. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of cauldron

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cauldron

Middle English caudron, caldron, from Anglo-French cauderon, diminutive of caldere basin, from Late Latin caldaria, from feminine of Latin caldarius used for hot water, from calidus warm, from calēre to be warm — more at lee

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English Language Learners Definition of cauldron

: a large pot


variants: also caldron \ ˈkȯl-​drən \

Kids Definition of cauldron

: a large kettle

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