The Word of the Day comes from THE WATER DANCER by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It is shortlisted for the 2020 TOURNAMENT OF BOOKS.


NOUN demijohns (plural noun) · demi-john (noun) · demi-johns (plural noun)

a bulbous narrow-necked bottle holding from 3 to 10 gallons of liquid, typically enclosed in a wicker cover.

synonyms: jug · vessel · container · bottle · carafe · flask · decanter · mug · tankard · ewer · pitcher · crock · seidel

ORIGIN mid 18th century: probably an alteration of Frenchdame-jeanne‘Lady Jane’, by association with demi-‘half-sized’ and the given name John.

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