[ tuhn ]
/ tʌn /


a large cask for holding liquids, especially wine, ale, or beer.
a measure of liquid capacity, usually equivalent to 252 wine gallons.

verb (used with object), tunned, tun·ning.

to put into or store in a tun or tuns.

Origin of tun

before 900; (noun) Middle English tunne, Old English; cognate with Dutch ton, German Tonne (< LG), Old Norse tunna; (v.) late Middle English, derivative of the noun

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/ (tʌn) /


a large beer cask
a measure of capacity, usually equal to 252 wine gallons
a cask used during the manufacture of beer

verb tuns, tunning or tunned

(tr) to put into or keep in tuns

Word Origin for tun

Old English tunne; related to Old High German, Old Norse tunna, Medieval Latin tunna
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