Definition of jerrycan in English:


Syllabification: jer·ry·can
Pronunciation: /ˈjerēˌkan
(also jerry can, jerrican)


A large, flat-sided metal container for storing or transporting liquids, typically gasoline or water.
More example sentences
  • Children and adults, including elderly men and women, filled jerricans and other containers with water.
  • En route to a hotel, we handed out sparkling new cooking pots and jerrycans to bemused beggars.
  • When he completed the program and came back here the parents gave him a jerrycan full of petrol.


World War II: from Jerry 'a German' (probably an alteration of German) + can2, because such containers were first used in Germany.

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