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/ ˈbʊʃ əl /
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a unit of dry measure containing 4 pecks, equivalent in the U.S. (and formerly in England) to 2,150.42 cubic inches or 35.24 liters (Win·ches·ter bushel ), and in Great Britain to 2,219.36 cubic inches or 36.38 liters (Im·pe·ri·al bushel ).Abbreviation: bu., bush.
a container of this capacity.
a unit of weight equal to the weight of a bushel of a given commodity.
a large, unspecified amount or number: a bushel of kisses.
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Origin of bushel

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English bu(i)sshel, bus(s)chel, from Old French boissel, boistiel, equivalent to boisse unit of measure for grain (from assumed Gaulish bostia; compare Middle Irish bas, bos “palm of the hand, handbreadth,” Breton boz “palm of the hand”) + -el noun suffix

Other definitions for bushel (2 of 2)

[ boosh-uhl ]
/ ˈbʊʃ əl /

verb (used with object), bush·eled, bush·el·ing or (especially British) bush·elled, bush·el·ling.
to alter or repair (a garment).

Origin of bushel

1875–80, Americanism;<German bosseln to patch <French bosseler to emboss; see boss2


bush·el·er; especially British, bush·el·ler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bushel (1 of 2)

/ (ˈbʊʃəl) /

a Brit unit of dry or liquid measure equal to 8 Imperial gallons. 1 Imperial bushel is equivalent to 0.036 37 cubic metres
a US unit of dry measure equal to 64 US pints. 1 US bushel is equivalent to 0.035 24 cubic metres
a container with a capacity equal to either of these quantities
US informal a large amount; great deal
hide one's light under a bushel to conceal one's abilities or good qualities

Word Origin for bushel

C14: from Old French boissel, from boisse one sixth of a bushel, of Gaulish origin

British Dictionary definitions for bushel (2 of 2)

/ (ˈbʊʃəl) /

verb -els, -elling, -elled, -els, -eling or -eled
(tr) US to alter or mend (a garment)

Derived forms of bushel

busheller, busheler or bushelman, noun

Word Origin for bushel

C19: probably from German bosseln to do inferior work, patch, from Middle High German bōzeln to beat, from Old High German bōzan
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Other Idioms and Phrases with bushel


see hide one's light under a bushel.

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