Definition of demijohn in English:

demijohn

noun

  • A bulbous, narrow-necked bottle holding from 3 to 10 gallons of liquid, typically enclosed in a wicker cover.

    • ‘The imported liquor trade confined itself to a relatively narrow coastal strip because the fragile, bulky, heavy bottles and demijohns imposed transport restrictions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    jug, vessel, container, bottle, carafe, flask, decanter, mug, tankard, ewer, pitcher, crock, demijohn
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Origin

Mid 18th century: probably an alteration of French dame-jeanne Lady Jane by association with demi- half-sized and the given name John.

Pronunciation:

demijohn

/ˈdemēˌjän/