a glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc., for the table.

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French cru(i)e pitcher (< Frankish *krūka; compare Old English crūce pot) + -et -et Unabridged
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cruet (ˈkruːɪt)
1.  a small container for holding pepper, salt, vinegar, oil, etc, at table
2.  a set of such containers, esp on a stand
3.  Christianity either of a pair of small containers for the wine and water used in the Eucharist
4.  (Austral) a slang word for head
5.  slang (Austral) do one's cruet to be extremely angry; go into a rage
pl n
6.  slang (Austral) the testicles
[C13: from Anglo-French, diminutive of Old French crue flask, of Germanic origin; compare Old Saxon krūka, Old English crūce pot]

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"small glass bottle for vinegar, oil, etc.," 1382, Anglo-Fr. dim. of O.Fr. crue "an earthen pot," from Frank. *kruka (cf. O.H.G. kruog), related to crock.
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