Archaic Definition of the Week – Ewer

publishingewer __ A large water pitcher with a wide lip.

HISTORIC. Before internal plumbing, the common bedroom lavatory consisted of a ewer, a large wash basin, and a floor receptacle into which used wash water could be poured. (Or the water was often thrown out the window.)

A Second Browser’s Dictionary and Native’s Guide to the Unknown American Language by John Ciardi (1983).

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