from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large vessel, such as a kettle or vat, used for boiling.
- n. A state or situation of great distress or unrest felt to resemble a boiling kettle or vat: a cauldron of conflicting corporate politics.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large bowl-shaped pot used for boiling over an open flame.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a very large pot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See caldron.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a very large pot that is used for boiling
Middle English, alteration of cauderon, from Norman French, diminutive of caudiere, cooking pot, from Late Latin caldāria, from feminine of Latin caldārius, suitable for warming, from calidus, warm.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old Northern French caudron (Old French chaudron), itself from a derivative of Latin calidārium, caldārium from calidus ("hot"). (Wiktionary)