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.

Nearby words

  1. japurá,
  2. japygid,
  3. jaques,
  4. jaques-dalcroze,
  5. jaques-dalcroze, émile,
  6. jarabe tapatío,
  7. jarash,
  8. jardin anglais,
  9. jardiniere,
  10. jardinière

Origin of jar

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

Related formsjar·less, adjective

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

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

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

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 Formsjarring, adjectivejarringly, adverb

Word Origin for jar

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

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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Word Origin and History for jar
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