demi·​john ˈde-mē-ˌjän How to pronounce demijohn (audio)
: a large narrow-necked bottle usually enclosed in wickerwork

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Examples of demijohn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To one large turkey add one gallon of vermouth and a demijohn of angostura bitters. James Freeman, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2022

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Word History


by folk etymology from French dame-jeanne, literally, Lady Jane

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of demijohn was in 1769

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“Demijohn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


demi·​john dem-i-ˌjän How to pronounce demijohn (audio)
: a large bottle of glass or stoneware enclosed in a basket of the same shape
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