A caldron on a campfire.
- An example of a cauldron is a big black pot in which you might cook chili.
- An example of a cauldron is a meeting between two people who are suing each other for divorce and who feel very angry towards each other.
The definition of a cauldron is a very large iron pot that is used for boiling or cooking, or a situation where there are a lot of strong and usually angry emotions.
- a large kettle or boiler
- a violently agitated condition like the boiling contents of a cauldron
Origin of cauldronMiddle English and Anglo-French caudron from Old French chauderon from Classical Latin caldaria: see caldarium
- A large vessel, such as a kettle or vat, used for boiling.
- A state or situation of great distress or unrest felt to resemble a boiling kettle or vat: a cauldron of conflicting corporate politics.
Origin of cauldronMiddle English caudron, caldroun from Anglo-Norman cauderon, caldroun diminutive of caudere caldere cooking pot from Late Latin caldāria pot for boiling from feminine of Latin caldārius suitable for warming from calidus warm ; see kelə-1 in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English, from Old Northern French caudron (Old French chaudron), itself from a derivative of Latin calidārium, caldārium from calidus (“hot”).