caul·dron | \ ˈkȯl-drən \
variants: or less commonly

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 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 During Ramadan, Samia Hassan often walks five kilometers (three miles) to another Gaza City neighborhood to line up for wheat gruel cooked in a large cauldron over an open fire. Washington Post, "Aid freeze, politics push Gaza’s people deeper into poverty," 9 June 2018 One recent Friday, as Rooster soupmeister Ivan Bocardo tended to two bubbling 40-gallon cauldrons of chicken stock, Sabatino worked a few paces away, hovering over a much smaller pot of his own. Drew Lazor,, "At Rooster Soup, Sabatino rethinking how and why he cooks," 3 Apr. 2018 There was a dance and musical performance on a colorfully animated stage featuring dancers on foot, and in wheelchairs, and the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "North, South Korea march under separate flags at Paralympics opening ceremony," 9 Mar. 2018 But Mrazek was thrown into a cauldron, in an electric opposing arena, against a team whose focus, sense of urgency, and speed the Flyers couldn’t come close to matching. Sam Carchidi,, "Brian Elliott likely to start Flyers-Penguins Game 2 despite 7-0 blowout loss," 12 Apr. 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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