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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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  • They seated themselves there, and a maid brought water in a golden ewer and poured it over their hands into a silver basin.
  • In the package was a piece of the treasure, a silver ewer or pitcher.
  • On a venerable piece of furniture with wooden shelf stood a ewer and basin and shaving apparatus.
  • ewer stated that maybe the name of the committee could be changed.
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-).

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