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[saw-ser] /ˈsɔ sər/
a small, round, shallow dish to hold a cup.
something resembling a saucer, as in shape.
1300-50; Middle English < Old French saussier. See sauce, -er2 Unabridged
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Examples for saucer
  • 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
1343, from O.Fr. saucier "sauce dish," from L.L. salsarium, neut. of salsarius "of or for salted things," from L. salsus (see sauce). Meaning "small, round, shallow vessel for supporting a cup" is attested from c.1702.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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