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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Recent Examples on the Web Also brewing in the 31 Nights of Halloween cauldron are broadcasts of The Craft, Gremlins, Matilda, Scream, Casper, The Addams Family, Corpse Bride, three Hotel Transylvania movies, and the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot. Joey Nolfi,, "Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween lineup to soothe quarantine horrors with Hocus Pocus," 1 Sep. 2020 Santa Fe Christian at Ramona: A really good SFC Wing-T team would have been in the cauldron at Ramona against the sleeping giant Bulldogs. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "No ‘Friday Night Lights’ for now," 20 Aug. 2020 There was a fire pit, with a cast-iron cauldron of hot cider hanging over it. Ryan D'agostino, Car and Driver, "Winnebago Builds a More Accessible RV to Help Everyone Get Away," 16 Aug. 2020 At the end, former gymnast Li Ning — suspended by wires — appeared to run along the stadiums wall to light the cauldron. Stephen Wade, Star Tribune, "Bird's Nest and Water Cube: Beijing venues were stars, too," 16 Aug. 2020 Adopt a familiar, get into duels, craft at a cauldron, and wear some of the best clothes yet. Louryn Strampe, Wired, "These Are the Only Sims 4 Expansions and Add-Ons You Need," 16 Aug. 2020 The Amsterdam Games were the first at which the Olympic flame was kept lit in a cauldron throughout the competition — a tradition that has stuck around until now. Howard Fendrich, Star Tribune, "1928 Amsterdam: Women's track, gymnastics debut at Olympics," 29 July 2020 Ali, who died in 2016, also lit the cauldron at the Atlanta games, and the center displays the torch. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "Remembering George Floyd: Here are the civil rights museums and landmarks to visit," 9 June 2020 Long a simmering cauldron of mistrust, accusations of police brutality were a staple of Los Angeles life for minorities stretching back at least to the 1965 Watts riots. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Biden proposed 'Police Officer's Bill of Rights' two months after Rodney King beating," 3 June 2020

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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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9 Sep 2020

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“Cauldron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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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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