\ ə-ˈjär \

Definition of ajar 

: slightly open left the door ajar

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Then Miguel Gutierrez spotted the front door ajar and his fears were reignited. Zeke Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Schertz slaying stumps investigators," 26 Mar. 2018 Attempted burglary; vehicle tampering: A woman noticed at 6:30 a.m. on March 6 that the garage door at her home was ajar, but nothing seemed out of place or missing from inside the structure. latimes.com, "Crime Report: Woman believes phone call from ‘grandson’ in jail, provides money cards to scammer for bail," 14 Mar. 2018 The bedroom door was slightly ajar, and loud music was playing on a radio in the living room. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Man charged in fatal stabbing of 71-year-old Northwest D.C. resident," 27 Feb. 2018 Owing to that cosmic error, a gate to the underworld left ajar, Ada’s personhood is at best an elaborate compromise, her selfhood an unpersuasive myth, her gendering a cruel and clumsy mistake. David Wright, The Seattle Times, "‘Freshwater’: a bewitching tale of gods and a girl coming of age," 20 Feb. 2018 The door is open—or at least ajar—for a team like TCU to step in and knock the Sooners off their pedestal. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Offseason Storylines to Keep Every Power 5 Conference Busy Until August," 22 Jan. 2018 Also, the officer found a wide-open garage door, as well as an ajar man door off the garage. John Benson, cleveland.com, "New Year's Eve fireworks cause garage fire: Seven Hills Police Blotter," 18 Jan. 2018 Read more: The case began to unfold around 2:45 p.m., when a neighbor called 911 after noticing that the door on the couple's home was ajar, Dwyer said. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan man accused of killing relatives thought he was Jesus," 2 Sep. 2017 The man can be seen through a slightly ajar wooden fence, more than a dozen feet from the officer. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Shively officer who shot man in April returns to police duty, faces no charges," 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of ajar

1559, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ajar

earlier on char, from Middle English, from on + char turn — more at chare

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English Language Learners Definition of ajar

: slightly open

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Kids Definition of ajar

: slightly open I left the door ajar.

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