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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
    1. 1.1A 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.’



/ˈkôldrən/ /ˈkɔldrən/ /ˈkäldrən/ /ˈkɑldrən/


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