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[dem-i-jon] /ˈdɛm ɪˌdʒɒn/
a large bottle having a short, narrow neck, and usually being encased in wickerwork.
1760-70; by folk etymology < French dame-jeanne, apparently special use of proper name Unabridged
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  • In the fall, when malaria was prevalent, children were given an occasional toddy from the demijohn always kept in the closet.
  • Indeed, only stopping ev ery two or three hours to eat several pounds apiece and to smile covetously at the rum demijohn.
British Dictionary definitions for demijohn


a large bottle with a short narrow neck, often with small handles at the neck and encased in wickerwork
Word Origin
C18: probably by folk etymology from French dame-jeanne, from dame lady + Jeanne Jane
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Word Origin and History for demijohn

1769, partial translation and word-play from French damejeanne (late 17c.) "Lady Jane," term used for large globular wicker-wrapped bottle, perhaps because its shape suggested a stout woman in the costume of the period. A general Mediterranean word, with forms found in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Arabic.

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