tun

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noun \ˈtən\

Definition of tun

  1. 1 :  a large cask especially for wine

  2. 2 :  any of various units of liquid capacity; especially :  one equal to 252 gallons

Examples of tun in a sentence

  1. in olden days an English ship's capacity was measured by the number of tuns of wine it could hold

Origin and Etymology of tun

Middle English tonne, tunne, from Old English & Anglo-French; Old English, from Medieval Latin tunna; Anglo-French tone, tonne, from Medieval Latin


First Known Use: before 12th century

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