porringer

porringer

[pawr-in-jer, por-]
noun
a low dish or cup, often with a handle, from which soup, porridge, or the like is eaten.

Origin:
1515–25; variant of earlier poddinger, akin to late Middle English potinger, nasalized variant of potager < Middle French. See pottage, -er2

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porringer (ˈpɒrɪndʒə)
 
n
a small dish, often with a handle, for soup, porridge, etc
 
[C16: changed from Middle English potinger, poteger, from Old French potager, from potage soup, contents of a pot; see pottage]

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porringer
1467, alteration of potynger "small dish for stew," from potage (see pottage) by infl. of porridge, with intrusive -n- by 1538 (cf. passenger, messenger).
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porringer

a shallow, round bowl with one or two flat, horizontal handles set on opposite sides of the rim and, usually, a shallow lid. In recent usage, the word has also been used to refer to late 16th- and early 17th-century English silver vessels of cylindrical form with two vertical scroll handles. The precise purpose of porringers, or ecuelles, as they are known in France, is in dispute; but it is thought that they were used to hold broth or gruel.

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