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Probably from the river Jordan, and shortened from Jordan bottle (a bottle of water from the Jordan, brought back by pilgrims).


jordan (plural jordans)

  1. (obsolete) A pot or vessel with a large neck, formerly used by physicians and alchemists.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
  2. (obsolete) A chamber pot.
    • 1387, Chaucer, “v. 9379”, in The Pardoner's Tale[1]:
      And eek thyne urynals and thy jurdones, Thyn ypocras, and eek thy galiones
    • 1597, Shakespeare, “II.I”, in Henry IV, Part 1[2]:
      Why, they will allow us ne'er a jordan, and then we leak in your chimney; and your chamber-lie breeds fleas like a loach.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.