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  1. a pitcher with a wide spout.
  2. Decorative Art. a vessel having a spout and a handle, especially a tall, slender vessel with a base.
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Origin of ewer

1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French evier < Latin aquārius vessel for water, equivalent to aqu(a) water + -ārius -ary
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Related Words

vessel, urn, pitcher, jug, decanter

Examples from the Web for ewer

Historical Examples

  • Without a word Oliver turned to a side-table, where stood a metal basin and ewer.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The bowl had scallops around the edge, and the ewer was tall and slim.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • He found an ewer and basin, and his ablutions refreshed and invigorated him.

  • And she knelt down with ewer and basin and a napkin to wash the feet of the poor.

    The Ruinous Face

    Maurice Hewlett

  • A basin of similar material and design accompanied the ewer.

British Dictionary definitions for ewer


  1. a large jug or pitcher with a wide mouth
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French evier, from Latin aquārius water carrier, from aqua water
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Word Origin and History for ewer


early 14c., from Anglo-French *ewiere, Old French eviere "water pitcher," parallel form of aiguiere (Modern French aiguière), from fem. of Latin aquarius "of or for water," from aqua "water" (see aqua-).

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