- a large bottle having a short, narrow neck, and usually being encased in wickerwork.
Origin of demijohn
Related Words for demijohnbeaker, jug, vial, urn, chalice, decanter, canteen, carafe, crock, glass, retort, jar, ewer, noggin, bag, bottle, fiasco, flagon, crystal, demijohn
Examples from the Web for demijohn
Historical Examples of 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 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.