or cal·dron

[kawl-druh n]


a large kettle or boiler.

Origin of cauldron

1250–1300; Middle English, alteration (by association with Latin caldus warm) of Middle English cauderon < Anglo-French, equivalent to caudere (< Late Latin caldāria; see caldera) + -on noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cauldron

Contemporary Examples of cauldron

Historical Examples of cauldron

  • The Enchantress on hearing of the crime lights the fire under her cauldron.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • There, the Dervish is thrown into the cauldron along with the magic herbs.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • There was a cauldron inside, boiling merrily; but there was no fire to be seen.

  • A warning whistle came from the sphere heating the cauldron.

    The Whispering Spheres

    Russell Robert Winterbotham

  • This cauldron fell with a horrible crash on Balthasar's head and split his skull.


    Anatole France

British Dictionary definitions for cauldron




a large pot used for boiling, esp one with handles

Word Origin for cauldron

C13: from earlier cauderon, from Anglo-French, from Latin caldārium hot bath, from calidus warm
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Word Origin and History for cauldron

c.1300, caudron, from Anglo-French caudrun, Old North French cauderon (Old French chauderon "cauldron, kettle"), from augmentative of Late Latin caldaria "cooking pot" (source of Spanish calderon, Italian calderone), from Latin calidarium "hot bath," from calidus "warm, hot" (see calorie). The -l- was inserted 15c. in imitation of Latin.

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