oxford views updated May 29 2018
tun / tən/ •
n. 1. a large beer or wine cask. ∎ a brewer's fermenting vat. 2. an imperial measure of capacity, equal to 4 hogsheads. 3. (also tun shell) a large marine mollusk (family Tonnidae) that has a rounded barrellike shell with broad spirals.•
v. (tunned, tunning) [tr.] archaic store (wine or other alcoholic drinks) in a tun.
oxford views updated May 17 2018
large cask OE.; † tub, vat, etc. XIII; measure of wine, etc. equiv. to 4 hogsheads XV. OE. tunne
corr. to MLG., MDu. tunne
), OHG. tunna
), late ON. tunna
— medL. tunna
, prob. of Gaul
gale views updated Jun 27 2018
a large quantity—Johnson, 1755.
Examples : tun of bliss, 1603; of gold, 1603; of gracious health, 1447.
oxford views updated May 23 2018
Obsolete measure; a large cask holding 216 imperial gallons (972 litres) of ale; 252 gallons (1134 litres) of wine.