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jar

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[ jahr ]
/ dʒɑr /
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noun
a broad-mouthed container, usually cylindrical and of glass or earthenware: a cookie jar.
the quantity such a container can or does hold.
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Origin of jar

1
First recorded in 1585–95; Middle English jarre “liquid measure smaller than a barrel,” possibly from Old French jarre, from Spanish or Portuguese jarra, jarro “a jar, pitcher,” or from Medieval Latin jarra, from Old Provençal jarra, from Arabic jarrah “earthen water vessel”

OTHER WORDS FROM jar

jarless, adjective

Other definitions for jar (2 of 3)

jar2
[ jahr ]
/ dʒɑr /

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

Origin of jar

2
First recorded in 1520–30; probably imitative; cf. chirr

OTHER WORDS FROM jar

un·jarred, adjective

Other definitions for jar (3 of 3)

jar3
[ jahr ]
/ dʒɑr /
Archaic

noun
a turn or turning.

Origin of jar

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

jar1
/ (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)

jar2
/ (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 of jar

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)

jar3
/ (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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