caul·​dron | \ˈkȯl-drən \
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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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But nobody has ever conveyed the intricacies of the city and its roiling cultural cauldron with such breathless, gaudy literary acrobatics as Wolfe does in Back to Blood, so named for the tribal lines along which our loyalties lie. miamiherald, "Tom Wolfe’s ‘Back to Blood’ revels in excess — just like Miami | Miami Herald," 19 Oct. 2012 Liverpool scored all of its goals in a breathtaking 33-minute span on either side of halftime amid a cauldron of noise at Anfield. Steve Douglas,, "Liverpool routs Roma in Champions League semifinal leg," 24 Apr. 2018 For nearly a month, over 3,000 law enforcement members have been running a torch across the region toward a cauldron at the opening ceremonies, raising thousands of dollars for the cause along the way. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "Built on volunteer efforts, Special Olympics bring smiles and empowerment to UC Davis," 22 June 2018 In a physical encounter with already plenty needle to be had, neither side shied away from a tackle in what was a cauldron of noise., "World Cup Countdown: 10 Weeks to Go - When Hosts Argentina Edged the Netherlands In a Classic Final," 14 Apr. 2018 The cauldron that was Kemper Lakes Golf Club on Friday afternoon featured a feels-like temperature of 106 degrees. Beth Ann Nichols, USA TODAY, "Women's PGA Championship is a scorcher all around," 29 June 2018 Roma wilted in the cauldron of noise and Liverpool took full advantage to move to the brink of a first Champions League final since 2007. Stevens Griffiths,, "Three things we learned from Liverpool v Roma," 24 Apr. 2018 If not everyone in Congress fully appreciated the perils of police and military gunfire in the cauldron of a riot, Murphy, who died in 2011, and others in Washington did. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, "After bloodshed in earlier U.S. riots, D.C. police showed restraint in 1968 unrest," 26 Mar. 2018 Designs for the new Olympic Stadium do not show where the cauldron will be. NBC News, "Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics: Everything you need to know," 24 Feb. 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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