1 [uh-jahr]
adjective, adverb
neither entirely open nor entirely shut; partly open: The door was ajar.

1350–1400; Middle English on char on the turn; see a-1, char3

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2 [uh-jahr]
adverb, adjective
in contradiction to; at variance with: a story ajar with the facts.

1545–55; for at jar at discord; cf. jar3 (noun)

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ajar1 (əˈdʒɑː)
adj, —adv
(esp of a door or window) slightly open
[C18: altered form of obsolete on char, literally: on the turn; char, from Old English cierran to turn]

ajar2 (əˈdʒɑː)
(postpositive) not in harmony
[C19: altered form of at jar at discord. See jar²]

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Word Origin & History

1718, perhaps from Scottish dialectal a char "slightly open," earlier on char (early 16c.), from M.E. char, from O.E. cier "a turn."
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Example sentences
Put meat under broiler, inch or two from source of heat, and leave broiler door
  slightly ajar.
Rotate the meringues, turn off the oven and leave the door slightly ajar.
She had spent her adulthood, if not fully closeted, then with the door only
  slightly ajar.
The door was left ajar to peremptory brawn-versus-brains prejudice.
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