any device for controlling the flow of liquid from a pipe or the like by opening or closing an orifice; tap; cock.

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French fausset peg for a vent, perhaps equivalent to fauss(er) to force in, damage, warp, literally, to falsify (< Late Latin falsāre; see false) + -et -et

Spigot is a common variant for faucet and is widely used in the Midland U.S. Elsewhere, faucet is more commonly used, especially in the Northern U.S.
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faucet (ˈfɔːsɪt)
1.  a tap fitted to a barrel
2.  (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): tap a valve by which a fluid flow from a pipe can be controlled by opening and closing an orifice
[C14: from Old French fausset, from Provençal falset, from falsar to bore]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from O.Fr. fausset "stopper," perhaps dim. of L. faux, fauc- "throat." Spigot and faucet was the name of an old type of tap for a barrel or cask, consisting of a hollow, tapering tube, which was driven at the narrow end into a barrel, and a screw into the tube which regulated the flow of the
liquid. Properly, it seems, the spigot was the tube, the faucet the screw, but the senses have merged or reversed over time. Faucet is now the common word in Amer.Eng. for the whole apparatus.
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Example sentences
They found the boards in the wood-closets fine kindling wood, while the pipes
  and faucets were as good as cash at the junk shop.
She paired the bargain finds with high-end partners, such as standard tiles
  with expensive faucets, to get the look she wanted.
If there is a drip in the ceiling, then it is not the faucets, but the pan.
The management company is not likely to go to each property to remind tenants
  to keep faucets dripping.
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