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

Examples of cauldron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After lighting the Olympic cauldron, her dream of winning the gold medal in her home country is now dashed. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, 27 July 2021 Osaka is the local superstar, a multiple Grand Slam winner who had the rare honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron at the end of the opening ceremony. Hasit Shah, Quartz, 27 July 2021 Osaka, who plays for Japan and received the high honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron at the Opening Ceremonies Friday night, cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 over Golubic, a 2021 Wimbledon quarterfinalist, on Monday to move into the third round. Sean Gregory/tokyo, Time, 26 July 2021 The 23-year-old tennis star had the honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron and officially kicking off the summer games. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 24 July 2021 She was eliminated in the round of 16 at the Tokyo Olympics after lighting the Olympic cauldron in her native Japan. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2021 She was eliminated in the round of 16 at the Tokyo Olympics after lighting the Olympic cauldron in her native Japan., 18 Aug. 2021 The disappointment came just four days after Osaka left the nation teary-eyed by running up a Mount Fuji-like set at the National Stadium and lighting the Olympic cauldron with her torch to open the Olympics. Yuri Kageyama, ajc, 27 July 2021 Days after lighting the Olympic cauldron to get the Games underway, Naomi Osaka was eliminated from the Tokyo Olympics. NBC News, 27 July 2021

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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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10 Sep 2021

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“Cauldron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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