kil·​der·​kin ˈkil-dər-kən How to pronounce kilderkin (audio)
: an English unit of capacity equal to ¹/₂ barrel
: cask

Examples of kilderkin in a Sentence

the kilderkins that line one wall of the brewpub are just for decoration—there's no beer in them

Word History


Middle English, from Middle Dutch kindekijn, from Medieval Latin quintale quintal

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of kilderkin was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Kilderkin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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