adjective or adverb
\ ə-ˈjär How to pronounce ajar (audio) \

Definition of ajar

: slightly open left the door ajar

Examples of ajar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An officer noticed that one corner of the cover was ajar and discovered Aldecoa hiding inside, the report stated. Mackenzie Brower, The Arizona Republic, 23 Sep. 2021 Add ¼ cup of water, cover (leaving the lid slightly ajar to let steam escape), and let steam for 2 minutes. Beth Segal, cleveland, 8 July 2021 Some people keep their doors closed all the time, but others leave them ajar to invite visitors. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Sep. 2021 The door to the truck was ajar and the man's belongings — a wallet, grocery bag and cellphone — were scattered on the ground, according to court documents. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 3 July 2021 Soccer opened the door to bending the amateur criteria, leaving the door ajar for the 1992 U.S. Dream Team in basketball. L. Jon Wertheim, Time, 23 June 2021 While the Padres and Dodgers rank first and fifth, respectively, in strikeouts per nine innings, the Giants rank 20th, leaving the door ajar for more balls to find holes through the season’s last three quarters. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021 Police found items strewn in the driveway leading up to the residence; the north side door was ajar and appeared to be forced open. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, 18 June 2021 The expansion of social media pushed the floodgates ajar for language practices or terms that originated within the Black community to spread exponentially among white people, Lane says. USA Today, 17 June 2021

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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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29 Sep 2021

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“Ajar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ajar. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ajar

: slightly open


adverb or adjective
\ ə-ˈjär How to pronounce ajar (audio) \

Kids Definition of ajar

: slightly open I left the door ajar.

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