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[chawl-druh n]
  1. an English dry measure formerly used for coal, coke, lime, and the like, varying locally from 32 to 36 bushels or more.
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Origin of chaldron

1375–1425; late Middle English, earlier chaudron < Middle French chauderon cauldron
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Historical Examples of chaldron

  • Let your sauce be chaldron for a Swan, and serve it in saucers.

    The accomplisht cook

    Robert May

  • The rest we intend to sell, we having above ten chaldron between us.

  • One chaldron of Newcastle coal weighs from 2850 to upwards of 2978lb.

  • This afternoon came my great store of Coles in, being to Chaldron, so that I may see how long they will last me.

  • Called up by people come to deliver in ten chaldron of coals, brought in one of our prizes from Newcastle.

British Dictionary definitions for chaldron


  1. a unit of capacity equal to 36 bushels. Formerly used in the US for the measurement of solids, being equivalent to 1.268 cubic metres. Used in Britain for both solids and liquids, it is equivalent to 1.309 cubic metres
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Word Origin for chaldron

C17: from Old French chauderon cauldron
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