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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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 And in the beauty world, many of the hottest skin-care ingredients (snail mucus, bee venom) sound like they’ve been formulated in a steaming cauldron instead a lab. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Modern Woman Is Embracing Her Inner Witch," 12 Nov. 2018 The line also includes a number of bath products that that will turn your water into a literal cauldron of spooky potions. Lauren Rearick, Allure, "Lush’s New Halloween Collection Is Filled With Spooky Bath Bombs and Cleansers," 16 Sep. 2018 The line also includes a number of bath products that that will turn your water into a literal cauldron of spooky experiments. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lush Launches 2018 Halloween Collection," 15 Sep. 2018 But the jerry-rigged country was an ethnic cauldron held together by Cold War inertia. WSJ, "George Herbert Walker Bush," 1 Dec. 2018 Just in time for October 31, this tricky puzzle challenges you to find the hidden vampire bat among the ghosts, pumpkins, cauldrons, and cats. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Can You Spot the Bat Among the Pumpkins in This Tricky Halloween Puzzle?," 25 Oct. 2018 Your suspicions have been conformed: The king of Twitter admits his social media giant is run by a cauldron of bias. Greg Gutfeld, Fox News, "Gutfeld on Twitter's liberal bias," 21 Aug. 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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