From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishjarjar1 /dʒɑː $ dʒɑːr/ ●●● S3 noun [countable] 1 DFUa 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 butter2 DFUa container made of clay, stone etc, used especially in the past for keeping food or drink in3 British English informalDFD a glass of beer We’d had a few jars down the pub.
Examples from the Corpusjar• He picked up a jar large enough to hold a fetus in formaldehyde.• a cookie jar• Analysis Have each group use two different jars and draw what they see through the lenses as accurately as possible.• Each jar or bottle must be completely filled with water.• a honey jar• I could see her working out how many jars she'd be able to carry in her hand luggage.• Note 1 x 500g can or jar of sauce serves 4, or allow l25g per person.• She stood more firmly on the jar.• Close the lid on the jar. 6.jarjar2 verb (jarred, jarring) 1 [intransitive, transitive]ANNOY to make someone feel annoyed or shocked His enthusiasm jarred. His words jarred Harriet.jar on The screaming was starting to jar on my nerves.2 [intransitive, transitive]HURT/CAUSE PAIN to shake or hit something in a way that damages it or makes it loose Alice landed badly, jarring her ankle.3 WRONG/UNSUITABLE[intransitive] to be different in style or appearance from something else and therefore look strange SYN clashjar with There was a modern lamp that jarred with the rest of the room. —jarring adjective→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusjar• Don't use the other person's name or use it artificially so that it jars.• These would be plastic jugs, glass jars, all kinds of bottles.• Their laughter jarred and confused me.• O'Neal jarred the ball loose from Marino.• He kicked and usually punched, but his size and strength produced blows that jarred the body and caused lapses in consciousness.• Accidents in sport, whether to the ribs, legs, feet, head or shoulders, nearly always jar the spine.• Even popular television war comedies were taken off the air, for fear of jarring too awkwardly with endless hours of Gulf coverage.Origin jar1 (1500-1600) Old Provençal jarra, from Arabic jarrah “pot for carrying water” jar2 (1400-1500) Probably from the sound