[ dem-i-jon ]
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  1. a large bottle having a short, narrow neck, and usually being encased in wickerwork.

Origin of demijohn

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

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How to use demijohn in a sentence

  • He has been drunk three times in the last month; he is a walking demijohn; his hypocrisy a shame to his grey hairs.

    Alone | Marion Harland
  • The covering of a broken demijohn was used in the manner shown as a waste-paper basket.

  • They strung out and started for the Antarctic Ocean, with a big old wicker-worked demijohn in the lead.

    Over the Sliprails | Henry Lawson
  • He lifted the demijohn of whiskey from the table and shook it.

  • He promptly broke the demijohn, and was knocked down thereupon by one of the drunken sailors.

    Ralph Granger's Fortunes | William Perry Brown

British Dictionary definitions for demijohn


/ (ˈdɛmɪˌdʒɒn) /

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

Origin of demijohn

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

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