ew·​er | \ ˈyü-ər How to pronounce ewer (audio) , ˈyu̇-ər\

Definition of ewer

: a vase-shaped pitcher or jug

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Synonyms for ewer


flagon, jug, pitcher

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Examples of ewer in a Sentence

a silver ewer in the elaborately ornamented style favored by the Victorians

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Just inside the door to the stage, precisely placed upon tables were props, a startling array of knives and guns in one arrangement; ceramic ewers on others. Leah Garchik, SFChronicle.com, "The pain of loving an easy-to-love opera: Get over it," 9 June 2019 Out came more items from the Treasury—gold chalices, silver ewers, liturgical books—gifted to the church after its earlier contents were looted in 1789 during the French Revolution. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "Why history says Notre Dame will rise again," 16 Apr. 2019 There are bowls large enough to blow wimpy centerpieces out of the water—or off the table—and ewers too tiny even for the four-fingered hand of Mickey Mouse. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Treat Yourself to a Porcelain Confection at (Former Baker) Margaret Braun’s New Ceramic Shop," 3 July 2018 The contest had been going on for more than a century, the cover story explained: The contest, not the old Victorian silver ewer, is the thing. Lily Rothman, Time, "50 Years Ago This Week: The Story Behind the America's Cup," 14 Aug. 2017 Pinckney was at the dinner that night, trying to acknowledge and refute history over watermelon brandy, chowchow, shrimp pie, chapon chasseur, and truffled squab served with silver ewers of walnut ketchup. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "America’s Most Political Food," 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of ewer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ewer

Middle English, from Anglo-French ewer, ewier, from Latin aquarium water source, neuter of aquarius of water, from aqua water — more at island

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English Language Learners Definition of ewer

: a type of pitcher or jug that is shaped like a vase and that was used in the past for holding water

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