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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Little did either coach realize on that October night before an announced crowd of 23,882 fans in Murfreesboro, each would be working side by side a season later in the SEC cauldron — and again in 2015. Edgar Thompson,, "Dan Mullen, Manny Diaz set aside friendship ahead of Gators, 'Canes season opener," 20 Aug. 2019 Hud and others say this ease of creation is essential for reactions to have taken place in the chaotic chemical cauldron of early Earth. Quanta Magazine, "Chemists Seek Possible Precursor to RNA," 5 Feb. 2014 Trick-or-treaters can visit candy cauldrons at treat stations throughout the park. Dave Quinn,, "Disneyland Is Throwing an After-Hours Halloween Party Inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas," 7 Aug. 2019 The masterpiece combines four cuts of the pork that the Acosta family braises for hours in copper cauldrons. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, "The L.A. food scene is amazing. These 7 restaurants remind us why," 1 Aug. 2019 Its volcanoes often take the form of cauldrons depressed into the crust, known as paterae. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "This is our best look yet at the solar system's most volcanic object," 18 July 2019 Does human nature undergo a true change in the cauldron of totalitarian violence? Aaron Lake Smith, Harper's magazine, "The Trials of Vasily Grossman," 24 June 2019 The ancient rabbis place Jesus in a cauldron boiling with hot excrement for eternity (BT Gittin 57a). Stephen Greenblatt, The New York Review of Books, "Not To Worry," 17 Jan. 2019 The most elaborate staging, which includes a momentary smoke effect under a cauldron, is on the bill’s first half. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘The Bournonville Legacy’ Review: Excerpts From a Ballet Master," 11 July 2019

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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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