saucer

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From Middle English saucer, from Old French saussier (and feminine saussiere; hence modern French saucier m, saucière f).

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saucer (plural saucers)

  1. A small shallow dish to hold a cup and catch drips.
  2. An object round and gently curved (shaped like a saucer).
    The saucer-shaped object could have been a UFO.
  3. (obsolete) A small pan or vessel in which sauce was set on a table.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
  4. A flat, shallow caisson for raising sunken ships.
  5. A shallow socket for the pivot of a capstan.

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Verb[edit]

saucer (third-person singular simple present saucers, present participle saucering, simple past and past participle saucered)

  1. (transitive) To pour (tea, etc.) from the cup into the saucer in order to cool it before drinking.

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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French saussier (and feminine saussiere); equivalent to sauce +‎ -er.

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Noun[edit]

saucer (plural saucers)

  1. A small receptacle or bowl for storing sauce in.
  2. A small plate, bowl, or dish; a saucer.

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