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 There are ecstatic dance tents, blinking lights, yoga, people handing out cups of pho from a large streaming cauldron. Katie Bain, Billboard, 10 Sep. 2021 But the real win for Osaka came in giving a young girl sitting at courtside a souvenir pin from the Tokyo Olympics, where Osaka had lighted the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony. Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2021 For your cat, there's this teaser toy that features Mary from Hocus Pocus with a vacuum in hand, as well as this set of three plush toys featuring Thackery Binx, Billy Butcherson, and a cauldron teeming with green potion. Sarah Toscano,, 19 Aug. 2021 Organizers asked fans to refrain from gathering in large crowds on the street to watch cycling events in the roads or to take photos with the Olympic cauldron. Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2021 As the Olympic cauldron burned nearby, athletes entered the stadium one last time. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Aug. 2021 The Olympic cauldron is seen during the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games, on Aug. 8, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. NBC News, 8 Aug. 2021 The design of the torch will be a similar design to the cauldron of the 2008 Olympic games, meant to honor the Olympic legacy in Beijing. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 27 July 2021 The Olympic cauldron is returned to the University of Utah on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, after a refurbishment to lengthen its life span. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 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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“Cauldron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 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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