adjective or adverb

: slightly open
left the door ajar

Examples of ajar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sana’s bedroom door stood ajar across from Tan’s, but fortunately, his 5-year-old sister slept like a log. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 28 May 2024 Cover with the lid slightly ajar to allow steam to escape. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 17 May 2024 More corporate projects will release under ajar source than open source. Forrester, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Rivals with European commitments faced a more intense fixture list so the door could well be ajar for the side challenging for the title. Zak Garner-Purkis, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 The container’s back doors were ajar, and boxes had spilled out onto the sidewalk. Malia Wollan, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024 Footage also showed an unknown man approaching the apartment at around 10 a.m. on July 29 and cracking open the door, which was slightly ajar, but didn’t enter the apartment and left shortly thereafter. The Arizona Republic, 9 Jan. 2024 Perhaps Leonard and Felicia’s relationship was not open, per se, but merely ajar. Rich Juzwiak, TIME, 20 Dec. 2023 Cover, leaving lid slightly ajar, and boil 20 minutes or until apples are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated; stir every 5 minutes. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 3 Nov. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1559, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ajar was in 1559

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Cite this Entry

“Ajar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ajar. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


adverb or adjective
: slightly open
left the door ajar

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