Definition of amphora in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈamfərə/
Pronunciation: /amˈfôrə/

noun (plural amphorae /-ˌrē/ or amphoras)

A tall ancient Greek or Roman jar with two handles and a narrow neck.
Example sentences
  • The relative sequences for fine wares, lamps, amphoras, cooking pots, and plain wares can be clearly established, and general trends have become apparent.
  • The unburned pots include a neck-handled amphora, a cup, three small jugs, and a pyxis; a bronze pin lay around the shoulder of the urn on the east and south and a gold ring was found on bedrock in the southern half of the urn-hole.
  • The large pottery vessels known as amphorae are among the most common finds from the Roman period in excavations, both on land and under the sea.


Latin, from Greek amphoreus, or from French amphore.

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Syllabification: am·pho·ra

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