noun am·pho·ra \ˈam(p)-fə-rə\

Definition of amphora



play \-ˌrē, -ˌrī\ or


  1. 1 :  an ancient Greek jar or vase with a large oval body, narrow cylindrical neck, and two handles that rise almost to the level of the mouth; broadly :  such a jar or vase used elsewhere in the ancient world

  2. 2 :  a 2-handled vessel shaped like an amphora

Illustration of amphora

Origin and Etymology of amphora

Latin, modification of Greek amphoreus, amphiphoreus, from amphi- + phoreus bearer, from pherein to bear — more at bear

First Known Use: 14th century

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