cresset

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English cresset, from Old French crasset, cresset (sort of lamp or torch); perhaps of Old Dutch or Old High German origin, and akin to English cruse and/or French creuset (crucible), the latter being from Gallo-Roman Vulgar Latin *croceolus.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈkɹɛsɪt/
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cresset (plural cressets)

  1. A metal cup, suspended from a pole and filled with burning pitch etc; once used as portable illumination.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book I”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      Starry lamps and blazing cressets, fed / With naphtha and asphaltus.
    • 1835, William Wordsworth, Stanzas suggested in a Steamboat off St. Bees' Head, on the coast of Cumberland
      As a cresset true that darts its length / Of beamy lustre from a tower of strength.
  2. (coopering) A small furnace or iron cage to hold fire for charring the inside of a cask, and making the staves flexible.
    • 1805–1814, Dante Alighieri, Henry Francis Cary (translator), The Divine Comedy, "Inferno", Canto VIII
      We reach'd the lofty turret's base, our eyes / its height ascended, where we mark'd uphung / two cressets and another saw from far

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old French crasset, cresset, possibly from a West Germanic language.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /krɛˈsɛt/, /ˈkrɛsɛt/

Noun[edit]

cresset (plural cressettes)

  1. cresset (metal cup filled with pitch)

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  • English: cresset

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