Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large vessel, such as a kettle or vat, used for boiling.
  • n. A state or situation of great distress or unrest felt to resemble a boiling kettle or vat: a cauldron of conflicting corporate politics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large bowl-shaped pot used for boiling over an open flame.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a very large pot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See caldron.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a very large pot that is used for boiling

Etymologies

Middle English, alteration of cauderon, from Norman French, diminutive of caudiere, cooking pot, from Late Latin caldāria, from feminine of Latin caldārius, suitable for warming, from calidus, warm.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old Northern French caudron (Old French chaudron), itself from a derivative of Latin calidārium, caldārium from calidus ("hot"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • President Bush says U.S. troops are making progress in Iraq, arguing that an early pullout would turn Iraq into what he calls a cauldron of chaos.

    CNN Transcript May 1, 2007

  • This was also the root of the English word "cauldron" and the French word chaudiere - and it is obviously a short hop from there to chowder.

    Cook sister!

  • The cauldron is the symbol for what we will be brewing this long winter.

    The Crone and the Cauldron « bindu wiles

  • Perseus, I hope your cauldron is back from the cleaners? current mood: pensive current music: Smiths - Louder than Bombs (13 comments | comment on this) 3: 05p

    The Feepmaster Speaks

  • This article is as unambiguous as it is vile what kind of person hopes that an entire region of the world turns into a "cauldron" -- but leave that to the side for now, because the focus here is Ledeen's lying, not the depraved nature of his views.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • The crone’s cauldron is a deep part of the Halloween myth that represents the cosmic womb.

    The Crone and the Cauldron « bindu wiles

  • The crone’s cauldron is the place of transmutation.

    The Crone and the Cauldron « bindu wiles

  • Not for nothing did people used to joke about Arsenal playing at the “Highbury Library” before the move to the Emirates, and the new stadium is not known as a cauldron of noise either.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Soccerphiles & Soccerphobes, Lay Down Your Arms!

  • Not for nothing did people used to joke about Arsenal playing at the “Highbury Library” before the move to the Emirates, and the new stadium is not known as a cauldron of noise either.dwebsQuote

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Soccerphiles & Soccerphobes, Lay Down Your Arms!

  • I loved the way they served them too: heaped in a heavy, enameled cast-iron cauldron in other words, as they should be, with plenty of celery and fennel, and plenty of broth.

    Archive 2009-02-01

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