ewer

noun

ew·​er ˈyü-ər How to pronounce ewer (audio)
ˈyu̇-ər
: a vase-shaped pitcher or jug

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Examples of ewer in a Sentence

a silver ewer in an elaborately ornamented style
Recent Examples on the Web Among these are an Indo-Portuguese brass and mother-of-pearl ewer from the early 17th century, and Carolina’s favorite: a portrait of Doña Isidora Navarro, a daughter of a large, upper-class Spanish family. Caitie Kelly Kin Woo Kate Guadagnino Nicole Demarco Megan O’Sullivan, New York Times, 25 Jan. 2024 The display opens with a few ancient artifacts, including a 2nd-century Roman ewer that belongs to another Washington mansion turned museum: the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Georgetown. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 26 June 2023 The pair collaborated with artisans in Portland, Ore., to produce handmade ewers and chalices, which can be used to serve drinks or as décor. Lindsey Tramuta Michaela Trimble Siska Lyssens Arden Fanning Andrews Gage Daughdrill M.h. Miller, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2023 Among the biggest sellers was a blue and white vessel known as a ewer, which sold for 107.5 million Hong Kong dollars ($13.7 million). Oscar Holland, CNN, 10 Apr. 2023 The daily wash usually involved collecting water in a ewer, heating it, then pouring it into a large basin to be used for scrubbing. Eleanor Janega, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2023 At medieval banquets, a ewer -- an impressive jug filled with rose water -- and basins for slop water would be taken around so that guests could deal with the sticky finger problem. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 The researcher Kathleen Walker-Meikle contributed an essay on the history of hand washing, featuring a seventeenth-century Iranian ewer, used for the Muslim ritual of wudu, and a nineteen-sixties British sink. Andrew Dickson, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2020 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, 9 June 2019

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ewer was in the 14th century

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“Ewer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ewer. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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ewer

noun
ew·​er ˈyü-ər How to pronounce ewer (audio)
ˈyu̇(-ə)r
: a vase-shaped pitcher or jug

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