[ dem-i-jon ]
/ ˈdɛm ɪˌdʒɒn /


a large bottle having a short, narrow neck, and usually being encased in wickerwork.

Nearby words

  1. demic,
  2. demicanton,
  3. demigauntlet bandage,
  4. demigod,
  5. demigoddess,
  6. demilitarize,
  7. demilitarized zone,
  8. demilune,
  9. demimetope,
  10. demimondaine

Origin of demijohn

1760–70; by folk etymology < French dame-jeanne, apparently special use of proper name Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for demijohn


/ (ˈdɛmɪˌdʒɒn) /


a large bottle with a short narrow neck, often with small handles at the neck and encased in wickerwork

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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