A jar is a smooth-sided, round container that's often made of glass. Jars are useful for storing food, from rice to tea bags to cookies.

A wide-mouth jar made of pottery might hold Oreos, and a small, short jar could contain homemade jam. When you put something in a jar, you jar it. Another way to use the verb version of jar is to mean "shock painfully or unpleasantly:" "Every bump we drove over in the old Jeep would jar my whole body." The jar that's a container probably stems from the Middle French jarre, "liquid measure."

Definitions of jar
  1. noun
    a vessel (usually cylindrical) with a wide mouth and without handles
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    an ancient jar with two handles and a narrow neck; used to hold oil or wine
    a flatbottomed jar made of glass or plastic; used for chemistry
    canopic jar, canopic vase
    a jar used in ancient Egypt to contain entrails of an embalmed body
    cookie jar, cooky jar
    a jar in which cookies are kept (and sometimes money is hidden)
    crock, earthenware jar
    an earthen jar (made of baked clay)
    small jar; holds liquid (oil or water)
    jamjar, jampot
    a jar for holding jellies or preserves
    Mason jar
    a glass jar with an air-tight screw top; used in home canning
    an open jar of glass or porcelain used as an ornament or to hold flowers
    a large vase that usually has a pedestal or feet
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    an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
  2. noun
    the quantity contained in a jar
    synonyms: jarful
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    the quantity that a container will hold
  3. verb
    place in a cylindrical vessel
    jar the jam”
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  4. verb
    affect in a disagreeable way
    “This play jarred the audience”
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    affect, impress, move, strike
    have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
  5. verb
    shock physically
    synonyms: bump around, shake up
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  6. verb
    move or cause to move with a sudden jerky motion
    synonyms: jolt
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  7. verb
    be incompatible; be or come into conflict
    synonyms: clash, collide
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    be in conflict
  8. noun
    a sudden jarring impact
    “all the jars and jolts were smoothed out by the shock absorbers”
    synonyms: jolt, jounce, shock
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    type of:
    blow, bump
    an impact (as from a collision)
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