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  1. a large bottle having a short, narrow neck, and usually being encased in wickerwork.
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Origin of demijohn

1760–70; by folk etymology < French dame-jeanne, apparently special use of proper name
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Related Words for demijohn

beaker, jug, vial, urn, chalice, decanter, canteen, carafe, crock, glass, retort, jar, ewer, noggin, bag, bottle, fiasco, flagon, crystal, demijohn

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  1. a large bottle with a short narrow neck, often with small handles at the neck and encased in wickerwork
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Word Origin for demijohn

C18: probably by folk etymology from French dame-jeanne, from dame lady + Jeanne Jane
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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.

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