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[spig-uh t] /ˈspɪg ət/
a small peg or plug for stopping the vent of a cask.
a peg or plug for stopping the passage of liquid in a faucet or cock.
a faucet or cock for controlling the flow of liquid from a pipe or the like.
the end of a pipe that enters the enlarged end of another pipe to form a joint.
Origin of spigot
1350-1400; Middle English spigot, perhaps < Old French *espigot < Old Provençal espig(a) (< Latin spīca ear of grain; see spica) + Old French -ot diminutive suffix
Regional variation note
3. See faucet. Unabridged
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  • The water flows under natural pressure into a concrete structure from which it is piped downhill to a double spigot faucet.
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  • Her response to the critics was to clamp the spigot shut.
  • The room also had a deep washbasin with a movable spigot.
British Dictionary definitions for spigot


a stopper for the vent hole of a cask
a tap, usually of wood, fitted to a cask
a US name for tap2 (sense 1)
a short cylindrical projection on one component designed to fit into a hole on another, esp the male part of a joint (spigot and socket joint) between two pipes
Word Origin
C14: probably from Old Provençal espiga a head of grain, from Latin spīca a point
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Word Origin and History for spigot

late 14c., "plug used to stop the hole of a cask," probably from Old French *espigot (cf. Gascony dialect espigot "core of a fruit, small ear of grain"), diminutive of Old Provençal espiga "ear of grain," from Latin spica "ear of grain" (see spike (n.2)). Meaning "valve for controlling the flow of a liquid" is from 1520s.

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