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.
cresset (plural cressets)
- A metal cup, suspended from a pole and filled with burning pitch etc; once used as portable illumination.
- 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.
- (coopering) A small furnace or iron cage to hold fire for charring the inside of a cask, and making the staves flexible.
cresset (plural cressettes)
- cresset (metal cup filled with pitch)
- English: cresset