Chaldron meaning

chôldrən
A unit of dry measure formerly used in England, equal to 4 quarters or about 32 bushels for grain and 36 bushels for coal.
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An old unit of dry measure, now used in Great Britain only for measuring coal or coke and equal to 36 bushels.
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(archaic) An old English dry measure, containing four quarters. At London, 36 bushels heaped up, or its equivalent weight, and more than twice as much at Newcastle. Now used exclusively for coal and coke.
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Origin of chaldron

  • Middle English from Old French chauderon augmentative of chaudiere kettle from Late Latin caldāria cauldron

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition