jer·​ri·​can ˈjer-ē-ˌkan How to pronounce jerrican (audio)
variants or jerry can
: a narrow flat-sided container for liquids usually holding about five U.S. gallons (about 19 liters)

Examples of jerrican in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Squatting on a plastic jerrican, Mukandamage coaxes a gallon and a half of warm, frothy milk out of the cow and into a small metal pail. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2022 Shakira found some matches and her mother-in-law grabbed a jerrican of diesel fuel. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 The next best option is to go to one of the city’s natural springs to fill up a jerrican, in an experience that feels like an early rehearsal for what is to come on Day Zero. Aryn Baker,, 8 Feb. 2018 The looming shutdown has prompted chaos, with a run not only on bottled water but also on water tanks and jerricans. Aryn Baker,, 8 Feb. 2018 The tankers came in a range of sizes; the smallest, pulled by a tractor and holding perhaps a few hundred gallons, looked like a jerrican on wheels next to the 4,000-gallon monsters. Samanth Subramanian, WIRED, 2 May 2017 Each one looks very different, with a huge number of custom add-ons: luggage racks, spare wheels, a machine-gun stand, first-aid boxes, spotlights, jerricans, ammo canisters, and on and on and on. David Curcurito, Popular Mechanics, 2 May 2017 See More

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Word History


Jerry + can; from its German design

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jerrican was in 1943

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Cite this Entry

“Jerrican.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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