Definition of mason jar in English:

mason jar

(also mason jar)


  • A wide-mouthed glass jar with an airtight screw top, used for preserving fruit and vegetables.

    • ‘It came in the form of a Mason jar half-full of foamy sourdough starter.’
    • ‘The chairs and tables are scattered and there's a fridge full of Mason jars of borscht the middle of the room.’
    • ‘Orson Welles stuck a Mason jar inside a toilet bowl and made all of America believe the sound was an alien spacecraft opening during his terrifying ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast.’
    • ‘Next to the stove was a butcher-block work counter covered with Mason jars filled with dried herbs, beans, and grains.’
    • ‘He used to have some Mason jars that had money up on the shelf.’
    • ‘She would carefully arrange my bouquet in a Mason jar, then fill it with fresh cool water from our deep well.’
    • ‘The Perfect Mason jar alone can be found in amber, brown amber, cornflower blue, dark yellow, straw yellow, olive green, olive amber and blackish olive.’
    • ‘Take along your favorite flea-market finds too: an old chair or two, chunky go-anywhere dishes, and reliable Mason jars.’
    • ‘In the farthest corner, however, was an unlabeled Mason jar that Bob brought out, like a conjurer of many rabbits, marveling.’
    • ‘They say all you need, even nowadays, is a couple of barrels of mash, a few stones to set up an oven, copper piping, a perfume - maker's still and Mason jars.’
    • ‘We caught butterflies in the patches of wildflowers, encased fireflies in Mason jars, and ran down horned frogs which we'd keep all summer and release before school started.’
    • ‘It was a time when grown-ups made divinity in stifling hot kitchens and kids caught fireflies in Mason jars at dusk.’
    • ‘Beer is definitely at the top of the list all over the country, and ever-expanding wine lists and creative cocktails are also proving that barbeque drinking can be a more sophisticated affair than Mason jars filled with iced tea.’
    • ‘I myself have attempted to capture light inside a Mason jar so I could study it, but problems arose when I realized I didn't own any Mason jars.’
    • ‘These jars have a narrower sealing surface and are tempered less than Mason jars, and may be weakened by repeated contact with metal spoons or knives used in dispensing mayonnaise or salad dressing.’
    • ‘Stéphane and Caroline gave me a pretty cookie mix in a Mason jar, brought back from a recent trip to the US.’


Late 19th century: named after John L. Mason (died 1902), US inventor.