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  1. a unit of capacity, usually equal to half a barrel or two firkins.
  2. an English unit of capacity, equal to 18 imperial gallons (82 liters).
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Origin of kilderkin

1350–1400; Middle English, dissimilated variant of kinderkin < Middle Dutch, equivalent to kinder (≪ Arabic qinṭār quintal) + -kin -kin
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Examples from the Web for kilderkin

Historical Examples

  • We have adopted it as kilderkin, but have doubled its capacity.

    The Romance of Words (4th ed.)

    Ernest Weekley

  • Kilderkin, kil′dėr-kin, n. a small barrel: a liquid measure of 18 gallons.

British Dictionary definitions for kilderkin


  1. an obsolete unit of liquid capacity equal to 16 or 18 Imperial gallons or of dry capacity equal to 16 or 18 wine gallons
  2. a cask capable of holding a kilderkin
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Word Origin

C14: from Middle Dutch kindekijn, from kintal hundredweight, from Medieval Latin quintale; see kentledge
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