[ tuhn ]
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  1. a large cask for holding liquids, especially wine, ale, or beer.

  2. a measure of liquid capacity, usually equivalent to 252 wine gallons.

verb (used with object),tunned, tun·ning.
  1. to put into or store in a tun or tuns.

Origin of tun

First recorded before 900; Middle English noun tunne, Old English; cognate with Dutch ton, German Tonne (from Low German ), Old Norse tunna; verb from the noun

Other definitions for Tun. (2 of 2)


  1. Tunisia.

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British Dictionary definitions for tun


/ (tʌn) /

  1. a large beer cask

  2. a measure of capacity, usually equal to 252 wine gallons

  1. a cask used during the manufacture of beer

verbtuns, tunning or tunned
  1. (tr) to put into or keep in tuns

Origin of tun

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

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