\ ˈtən How to pronounce tun (audio) \

Definition of tun

1 : a large cask especially for wine
2 : any of various units of liquid capacity especially : one equal to 252 gallons

Examples of tun in a Sentence

in olden days an English ship's capacity was measured by the number of tuns of wine it could hold
Recent Examples on the Web The agaves are cut into one inch cubes and then cooked for seven hours in a heated mash tun equipped with a stream jacket. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 In a commercial brewhouse, the grain is cracked in a mill then sent through a grist case, which dispenses it into a vessel called the mash tun. oregonlive, 20 Feb. 2020 Forks clank down, sleeves roll up, and diners file into the abutting bodega to fill their glasses with cool, foamy sagardo straight from the 5,000-gallon tun. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Feb. 2018 All the remaining grain falls to the bottom of the stainless steel tun, creating a grain bed through which the liquid passes on its way back to the mash kettle. Tara Massouleh, AL.com, 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of tun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tun

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

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“Tun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tun. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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