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Topic: DRINK

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Old Proven├žal
Origin: jarra, from Arabic jarrah 'pot for carrying water'

jar

1 noun
     
jar1 [countable]
1DFU a glass container with a wide top and a lid, used for storing food such as jam or honey, or the amount it contains:
a jam jar
half a jar of peanut butter
2DFU a container made of clay, stone etc used especially in the past for keeping food or drink in
3 British English informalDFD a glass of beer:
We'd had a few jars down the pub.
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