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[yoo-er] /ˈyu ər/
a pitcher with a wide spout.
Decorative Art. a vessel having a spout and a handle, especially a tall, slender vessel with a base.
Origin of ewer
1275-1325; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French evier < Latin aquārius vessel for water, equivalent to aqu(a) water + -ārius -ary Unabridged
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  • Monseigneur washed his fingers in the few drops of water that the Abbe poured out from the ewer.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • The bowl had scallops around the edge, and the ewer was tall and slim.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • On a near-by table stood a ewer of water; Constans fetched it and began moistening the bloodless lips.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • He found an ewer and basin, and his ablutions refreshed and invigorated him.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Worn linoleum covered the floor, but there was no furniture save some benches and a deal table with a ewer and a basin upon it.

  • And she knelt down with ewer and basin and a napkin to wash the feet of the poor.

    The Ruinous Face Maurice Hewlett
  • What, when the great Pope washes the feet of beggars, using his tiara for ewer?

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • When he had undressed, he dipped a towel into his ewer and rubbed himself all over.

    Married August Strindberg
  • Sundry presents were to accompany the crown—a bedstead, scarlet cloak, ewer, and basin.

    The Birth of the Nation Mrs. Roger A. Pryor
  • And the ewer is said to be of gold, to express the dignity of the head.

    Medica Sacra Richard Mead
British Dictionary definitions for ewer


a large jug or pitcher with a wide mouth
Word Origin
C14: from Old French evier, from Latin aquārius water carrier, from aqua water
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Word Origin and History for ewer

early 14c., from Anglo-French *ewiere, Old French eviere "water pitcher," parallel form of aiguiere (Modern French aiguière), from fem. of Latin aquarius "of or for water," from aqua "water" (see aqua-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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