Mason jar


a glass jar with a wide mouth and an airtight screw top, much used in home canning.

Origin of Mason jar

1880–85, Americanism; named after John L. Mason, 19th-century American who patented it in 1858 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for mason jar

mason jar


US an airtight glass jar for preserving food

Word Origin for mason jar

C20: named after its US inventor, John L. Mason (1832–1902)
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Word Origin and History for mason jar

Mason jar

1885, named for John Latin Mason of New York, who patented it in 1858.

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