Definition of pot noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pɒt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɑːt//
    Pool and snooker, In the kitchen
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    for cooking
  1. 1  [countable] a deep round container used for cooking things in pots and pans See related entries: In the kitchen
  2. container
  3. 2  [countable] (especially British English) a container made of glass, clay or plastic, used for storing food in a pot of jam a yogurt pot
  4. 3  [countable] (especially in compounds) a container of various kinds, made for a particular purpose a coffee pot a pepper pot a teapot Is there any more tea in the pot? see also chamber pot, chimney pot, flowerpot, lobster pot, melting pot, potted
  5. 4  [countable] the amount contained in a pot They drank a pot of coffee.
  6. 5[countable] a bowl, etc. that is made by a potter
  7. money
  8. 6the pot [singular] (especially North American English) the total amount of money that is bet in a card game
  9. 7the pot [singular] (especially North American English) all the money given by a group of people in order to do something together, for example to buy food see also kitty
  10. drug
  11. 8[uncountable] (informal) = marijuana pot smoking
  12. shot
  13. 9[countable] = potshot He took a pot at the neighbour's cat with his air rifle.
  14. in billiards, etc.
  15. 10[countable] (in the game of billiards, pool or snooker) the act of hitting a ball into one of the pockets around the edge of the table See related entries: Pool and snooker
  16. stomach
  17. 11[countable] (informal) = pot belly
  18. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 7 and noun senses 10 to 11 late Old English pott, probably reinforced in Middle English by Old French pot; of unknown ultimate origin (compare with late Latin potus ‘drinking cup’). noun sense 8 1930s: probably from Mexican Spanish potiguaya ‘cannabis leaves’. noun sense 9 1950s: abbreviation of potshot.Extra examples Cook gently in a covered pot for 3–4 hours. He could hear the pot bubbling on the stove. I sat in the kitchen, among the dirty pots and pans. I’ll make a fresh pot of tea. Local people kill these animals for the pot. Plants in pots require more water than you might think. Put all the ingredients in a large pot. She filled the pot with boiling water. The waiter brought over a steaming pot brimming with seafood. a clay pot full of oil a pot of glue/​jam A large stock pot was simmering on the stove. She made a pot of strong coffee. The newly made pots are glazed when they are completely dry. a flower pot a pepper pot a pot of jam/​honey/​yogurt an empty yogurt potIdioms a large prize or reward that somebody hopes for but is unlikely to get (informal) to be spoiled because people are not working hard or taking care of things Her handwriting's gone to pot since she started using a computer all the time. (especially British English) likely to change; in the process of changing
    the pot calling the kettle black
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    (saying, informal) used to say that you should not criticize somebody for a fault that you have yourself
    when you take pot luck, you choose something or go somewhere without knowing very much about it, but hope that it will be good, pleasant, etc. It's pot luck whether you get good advice or not. You're welcome to stay to supper, but you'll have to take pot luck (= eat whatever is available). see also potluck (British English, informal) a very large amount of money
    put a quart into a pint pot
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    (British English) to put something into a space that is too small for it Writing a history of the world in a single volume is like putting a quart into a pint pot.
    a watched pot never boils
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    (saying) used to say that when you are impatient for something to happen, time seems to pass very slowly
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pot