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[saw-ser] /ˈsɔ sər/
a small, round, shallow dish to hold a cup.
something resembling a saucer, as in shape.
Origin of saucer
1300-50; Middle English < Old French saussier. See sauce, -er2 Unabridged
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  • Break each egg separately into a saucer, and carefully slip into a muffin ring.
  • Each frame starts with a ready-made open-backed cube or shadow box deep enough to hold a small saucer.
  • Once indoors, set the pot on a waterproof saucer in a cool, bright location away from heat sources.
  • One depicts a lonely tea service laid out, a single cup and saucer ready for use.
  • But the genius touch comes on the side: a saucer of powdered sugar.
  • The hand that puts fish on the saucer has changed, too.
  • The snail liked it when the violets were watered, waving its tentacles in apparent delight as it descended to the saucer to drink.
  • Turn the saucer right side up and center it on top of the flowerpot.
  • Slide a plastic saucer, with a few small pieces of gravel in it, inside the opening of each shoe.
  • Vila sets beside the carafe a loaf of bread, a knife, and a saucer filled with extremely fruity olive oil.
British Dictionary definitions for saucer


a small round dish on which a cup is set
any similar dish
Derived Forms
saucerful, noun
saucerless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French saussier container for sauce
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Word Origin and History for saucer

mid-14c., from Anglo-Latin saucerium and Old French saussier (Modern French saucière) "sauce dish," from Late Latin salsarium, neuter of salsarius "of or for salted things," from Latin salsus (see sauce (n.)). Originally a small dish or pan in which sauce is set on a table. Meaning "small, round, shallow vessel for supporting a cup and retaining any liquid which might be spilled" is attested from c.1702.

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