jar

1
[ jahr ]
/ dʒɑr /

noun

a broad-mouthed container, usually cylindrical and of glass or earthenware: a cookie jar.
the quantity such a container can or does hold.

Origin of jar

1
1585–95; < Middle French jarre < Old Provençal jarra < Arabic jarrah earthen water vessel

Related forms

jar·less, adjective

Definition for jar (2 of 3)

jar

2
[ jahr ]
/ dʒɑr /

verb (used without object), jarred, jar·ring.

verb (used with object), jarred, jar·ring.

noun

Origin of jar

2
1520–30; probably imitative; cf. chirr

Related forms

jar·ring·ly, adverbun·jarred, adjectiveun·jar·ring, adjective

Definition for jar (3 of 3)

jar

3
[ jahr ]
/ dʒɑr /

noun

Archaic. a turn or turning.

Origin of jar

3
1665–75; variant of char3; cf. ajar2
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British Dictionary definitions for jar (1 of 3)

jar

1
/ (dʒɑː) /

noun

a wide-mouthed container that is usually cylindrical, made of glass or earthenware, and without handles
Also: jarful the contents or quantity contained in a jar
British informal a glass of alcoholic drink, esp beerto have a jar with someone
obsolete a measure of electrical capacitance

Word Origin for jar

C16: from Old French jarre, from Old Provençal jarra, from Arabic jarrah large earthen vessel

British Dictionary definitions for jar (2 of 3)

jar

2
/ (dʒɑː) /

verb jars, jarring or jarred

to vibrate or cause to vibrate
to make or cause to make a harsh discordant sound
(often foll by on) to have a disturbing or painful effect (on the nerves, mind, etc)
(intr) to disagree; clash

noun

a jolt or shock
a harsh discordant sound

Derived Forms

jarring, adjectivejarringly, adverb

Word Origin for jar

C16: probably of imitative origin; compare Old English cearran to creak

British Dictionary definitions for jar (3 of 3)

jar

3
/ (dʒɑː) /

noun

on a jar or on the jar (of a door) slightly open; ajar

Word Origin for jar

C17 (in the sense: turn): from earlier char, from Old English cierran to turn; see ajar 1
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