- a large bottle having a short, narrow neck, and usually being encased in wickerwork.
Origin of demijohn
Examples from the Web for demijohn
Put the mixture into a stone jug, or a demijohn, and cork it tightly.
Let it stand six weeks in a demijohn or glass jar, and then bottle it.
Put the liquid into a glass jar or a demijohn, and let it stand a fortnight.
"I—that demijohn that you took last night," began the Briton nervously.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
A simple tank can be made from a large water bottle or demijohn.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
- a large bottle with a short narrow neck, often with small handles at the neck and encased in wickerwork
Word Origin and History for demijohn
1769, partial translation and word-play from French damejeanne (late 17c.) "Lady Jane," term used for large globular wicker-wrapped bottle, perhaps because its shape suggested a stout woman in the costume of the period. A general Mediterranean word, with forms found in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Arabic.