Definition of cauldron in English:


Line breaks: caul|dron
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːldr(ə)n
, ˈkɒl-/
(also caldron)


1A large metal pot with a lid and handle, used for cooking over an open fire.
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  • A large cauldron or cooking pot set or suspended above an open fire was in general use.
  • A simmering stew sat in a large cauldron over an open fire; the smell alone made Jack's mouth water.
  • In the days ahead we'll take turns stirring steaming cauldrons over the camp fire.
2A situation characterized by instability and strong emotions: a cauldron of repressed anger
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  • Somehow, in the emotional cauldron of Parkhead, that quality is hugely reassuring.
  • His wife Kerry's, on the other hand, was a cauldron of domestic violence and emotional instability.
  • They remain seething cauldrons of anger, frustration and discontent that rest on an underlying current of tension and raw violence which can explode without warning at any time.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French caudron, based on Latin caldarium, calidarium 'cooking-pot', from calidus 'hot'.

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