One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bulbous narrow-necked bottle holding from 3 to 10 gallons of liquid, typically enclosed in a wicker cover.
jug, vessel, container, bottle, carafe, flask, decanter, mug, tankard, ewer, pitcher, crockView synonyms
- ‘Its products were landed at a small number of southern coastal ports and in standard cases of bottles and demijohns which could be quickly counted.’
- ‘The CD cover features the band members at a dinner table that is loaded with spaghetti, large demijohns of red wine, and chunks of Parmesan cheese.’
- ‘He was quite proud of it as he had gone to the coop, ‘selected’ the wine, bought several demijohns, and bottled it himself.’
- ‘There is a smell that reminds me of the wine which used to bubble away in the demijohns on the windowsills of our house.’
- ‘The imported liquor trade confined itself to a relatively narrow coastal strip because the fragile, bulky, heavy bottles and demijohns imposed transport restrictions.’
Mid 18th century: probably an alteration of French dame-jeanne ‘Lady Jane’, by association with demi- ‘half-sized’ and the given name John.
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