Meaning of demijohn in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɛmɪdʒɒn/

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  • A bulbous narrow-necked bottle holding from 3 to 10 gallons of liquid, typically enclosed in a wicker cover.

    ‘He was quite proud of it as he had gone to the coop, ‘selected’ the wine, bought several demijohns, and bottled it himself.’
    • ‘The imported liquor trade confined itself to a relatively narrow coastal strip because the fragile, bulky, heavy bottles and demijohns imposed transport restrictions.’
    • ‘Its products were landed at a small number of southern coastal ports and in standard cases of bottles and demijohns which could be quickly counted.’
    • ‘The CD cover features the band members at a dinner table that is loaded with spaghetti, large demijohns of red wine, and chunks of Parmesan cheese.’
    • ‘There is a smell that reminds me of the wine which used to bubble away in the demijohns on the windowsills of our house.’
    jug, vessel, container, bottle, carafe, flask, decanter, mug, tankard, ewer, pitcher, crock, demijohn


Mid 18th century probably an alteration of French dame-jeanne ‘Lady Jane’, by association with demi-‘half-sized’ and the given name John.