- 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.
- 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.
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- 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: 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; see kelə-1 in Indo-European roots.