- a large cask for holding liquids, especially wine, ale, or beer.
- a measure of liquid capacity, usually equivalent to 252 wine gallons.
- to put into or store in a tun or tuns.
Origin of tun
Examples from the Web for tun
To every gallon put four pounds of good Lisbon sugar, tun it immediately, lay the bung lightly on, and leave it to ferment itself.
At Ferriby the pump conveyed from the wharf to the tun, here it was from the tun to the wharf.The Pit Prop Syndicate
Freeman Wills Crofts
And that trick he did thrice, standing on the tun as it came and went.The Book of Romance
Do you pronounce 'ten' as if it were written 'tun', or 'men' as if written 'mun'?The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols)
Thomas De Quincey
He had a paunch like a tun, triumphal, like an Abbate Asinico.The Makers of Modern Rome
Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
- a large beer cask
- a measure of capacity, usually equal to 252 wine gallons
- a cask used during the manufacture of beer
- (tr) to put into or keep in tuns
Word Origin and History for tun
"large cask," Old English tunne, a general North Sea Germanic word (cf. Old Frisian tunne, Middle Dutch tonne, Old High German tunna, German tonne), also found in Medieval Latin tunna (9c.) and Old French tonne, perhaps from a Celtic source (cf. Middle Irish, Gaelic tunna, Old Irish toun "hide, skin"). Tun-dish (late 14c.) was a funnel made to fit into the bung of a tun.
-- That? said Stephen. -- Is that called a funnel? Is it not a tundish? --
-- What is a tundish? --
--That. The ... the funnel. --
--Is that called a tundish in Ireland? -- asked the dean. -- I never heard the word in my life. --
-- It is called a tundish in Lower Drumcondra -- said Stephen, laughing -- where they speak the best English.--
-- A tundish -- said the dean reflectively. -- That is a most interesting word I must look that word up. Upon my word I must. --
His courtesy of manner rang a little false, and Stephen looked at the English convert with the same eyes as the elder brother in the parable may have turned on the prodigal. [Joyce, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"]