saucer

[saw-ser]
noun
1.
a small, round, shallow dish to hold a cup.
2.
something resembling a saucer, as in shape.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Old French saussier. See sauce, -er2

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saucer (ˈsɔːsə)
 
n
1.  a small round dish on which a cup is set
2.  any similar dish
 
[C14: from Old French saussier container for sauce]
 
'saucerful
 
n
 
'saucerless
 
adj

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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.
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Example sentences
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.
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