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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demijohn (ˈdɛmɪˌdʒɒn)
a large bottle with a short narrow neck, often with small handles at the neck and encased in wickerwork
[C18: probably by folk etymology from French dame-jeanne, from dame lady + Jeanne Jane]

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Word Origin & History

1769, partial translation and word-play from Fr. damejeanne (1694) "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 Sp., Port., It., and Ar.
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Example sentences
Indeed, only stopping ev ery two or three hours to eat several pounds apiece and to smile covetously at the rum demijohn.
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