firkin

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noun fir·kin \ˈfər-kən\

Definition of firkin

  1. 1 :  a small wooden vessel or cask

  2. 2 :  any of various British units of capacity usually equal to 14 barrel

Examples of firkin in a sentence

  1. the innkeeper opened up a firkin of his special ale for the weary travelers

Origin and Etymology of firkin

Middle English, ultimately from Middle Dutch veerdel fourth, from veer four; akin to Old English fēower — more at four


First Known Use: 14th century



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