General English


  • verb to put a plant into a pot


  • A deep ceramic or metal cylindrical container with a lid and two handles used on the stove for slow cooking of stews, etc.
  • A cylindrical container usually of ceramic or glass in which food is placed for serving or storage as in potted meat or jams, etc.
  • General term for crockery (pots)


  • noun a container for molten metal on a typecasting machine


  • noun cannabis. This 1950s term was considered old-fashioned by drug users by the early 1960s, but was adopted by critics and commentators in the press to refer to hashish and marihuana. This use of the word originated in North America in the early years of the 20th century but its etymology is unknown. Some authorities claim a derivation from an obscure Mexican term for the drug (potiguaya or potaguaya), others that there is a connection with the use of tea as a nickname for marihuana, or that it is a deformation of pod, an attested synonym.


  • noun a container made of glass, metal or clay

Origin & History of “pot”

Pot was borrowed in the late Old English period from medieval Latin *pottus, which also produced French pot ‘pot’. this may have been an alteration of pōtus ‘drinking-cup’, which in classical Latin meant simply ‘drink’ (it was derived from the same stem as produced pōtiō ‘drink’, source of English poison and potion). Related or derived forms in English include porridge, potash, poteen (19th c.) (etymologically spirits distilled in a ‘little pot’ – Irish poitín is a diminutive of pota ‘pot’), pot-pourri (18th c.) (literally in French ‘rotten pot’), pottery (15th c.), and putty.