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(also caldron)
  • 1A large metal pot with a lid and handle, used for cooking over an open fire.

    ‘A large cauldron or cooking pot set or suspended above an open fire was in general use.’
    • ‘A simmering stew sat in a large cauldron over an open fire; the smell alone made Jack's mouth water.’
    • ‘In the days ahead we'll take turns stirring steaming cauldrons over the camp fire.’
    • ‘A man with a metal detector unearthed a cauldron thought to date back to 50BC.’
    • ‘One of the more remarkable pieces in the collection is a large urali or metal cauldron of over one metre in diameter.’
    • ‘The ingredients were placed in a large cauldron and cooked over a slow fire for a whole afternoon until it turned into a pot of delicious soup.’
    • ‘On and around them are all sorts of spits, racks, trivets, pans, kettles, cauldrons and hot plates, all fashioned out of black cast iron.’
    • ‘A later warrior grave contained a bronze cauldron and a set of iron weapons.’
    • ‘The famous Llyn Fawr hoard, found during reservoir construction in the Mid South Wales Valleys in 1911 and 1913, contained two complete bronze cauldrons.’
    • ‘A unique aspect of this tomb was that it contained the largest group of fragmentary handmade tripod cauldrons in the Early Iron Age cemetery at Torone.’
    • ‘In the days ahead we'll take turns stirring steaming cauldrons over the camp fire.’
    • ‘Inside was a fire with a huge iron cauldron on it.’
    • ‘They've been flooded with supplies: pies and cakes, bottles of vodka, huge cauldrons of soup.’
    • ‘Standing before her bubbling cauldron, the Crone raised her ancient hands and summoned yet another lower-level demon.’
    • ‘Curzon sat in his room, absently stirring a cauldron with a long metal spoon.’
    • ‘Outside burned a fire over which hung an iron cauldron, ready simmering.’
    • ‘I set and lit our fire, and filled our small cauldron with water.’
    • ‘Mother boiled cauldrons of red sugar water daily and filled a motley collection of feeders which were suspended at various locations around the yard.’
    • ‘A French table is likely to have on it a cauldron of vegetable soup, complete with carrots and chard and tiny pasta shapes such as macaroni.’
    • ‘They would mix strange and foul liquids producing gold using caldrons with fake bottoms, or chunks of minerals or charcoal containing small amounts of gold.’
    cooking utensil, container, receptacle, vessel
  • 2A situation characterized by instability and strong emotions.

    ‘a cauldron of repressed anger’
    • ‘Somehow, in the emotional cauldron of Parkhead, that quality is hugely reassuring.’
    • ‘His wife Kerry's, on the other hand, was a cauldron of domestic violence and emotional instability.’
    • ‘They remain seething cauldrons of anger, frustration and discontent that rest on an underlying current of tension and raw violence which can explode without warning at any time.’
    • ‘They continue to live together, she in the company of ephemeral lovers, and he in a simmering cauldron of internalized anger.’
    • ‘The film's ending is both justified and satisfying, a moment of grace in a cauldron of anger and hopelessness.’
    • ‘The feminist movement proper in France emerged from the cauldron of May 1968.’
    • ‘Jud Dean of Felton, Delaware, is a 21-year-old cadet at the United States Coast Guard Academy, where he plays football and pursues physique perfection in the caldron of bodybuilding.’
    • ‘During her drive home, her emotions began to bubble and seethe in the cauldron that was her mind.’
    • ‘And I think a lot of people have a real emotional cauldron going on within them.’
    • ‘The Athens pool strikes you as the most unlikely emotional cauldron.’
    • ‘If Scotland's shinty players can keep their collective nerve in such a cauldron, then they will have truly earned the right to wear their blue jerseys.’
    • ‘The continent appears to be a cauldron of corruption and superstition.’
    • ‘What often emerges out of this seething cauldron is a mutually acceptable way forward.’
    • ‘Any parliament is always going to be a seething cauldron of ambition.’
    • ‘Many inventions of modern warfare were born in the boiling cauldron of the American Civil War.’
    • ‘Premiership grounds that used to be seething cauldrons of humanity now have less atmosphere than a county library.’
    • ‘I've never played anywhere like it - it was a septic cauldron of hatred.’
    • ‘Most pressure in the cauldron of the Olympics athletics extravaganza will be on Marion Jones.’
    • ‘Leigh Centurions step into the cauldron of the new National League One with a tough double header awaiting them over the Easter holiday.’
    • ‘This implies that I saw schools as ‘evil cauldrons of conservatism,’ which does not reflect my views and my experience with very dedicated teachers.’



/ˈkɔːldr(ə)n/ /ˈkɒldr(ə)n/


Middle English from Anglo-Norman French caudron, based on Latin caldarium, calidarium ‘cooking-pot’, from calidus ‘hot’.