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censer

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noun
  1. a container, usually covered, in which incense is burned, especially during religious services; thurible.
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Origin of censer

1200–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, aphetic variant of ensenser < Medieval Latin incensārium. See incense1, -er2
Can be confusedcenser censor censure sensor
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Examples from the Web for censer

Historical Examples

  • The censer was made of iron, and was so large one could not clasp it with both arms.

    The Chinese Fairy Book

    Various

  • Stole on the winds through the woodland aisles like the breath of a censer.

    Poems

    William D. Howells

  • He had a big can of water, which he swung like a censer as he danced.

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

  • He stood in the middle of the room, staring from Venus to altar-cloth, from altar-cloth to censer.

    Peak and Prairie

    Anna Fuller

  • This Absolon, that jolif was and gay, Gooth with a sencer (censer) on the haliday.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley


British Dictionary definitions for censer

censer

noun
  1. a container for burning incense, esp one swung at religious ceremoniesAlso called: thurible
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Word Origin and History for censer

n.

"vessel used for burning incense," mid-13c., from Old French censier, a shortened form of encensier, from encens "incense" (see incense (n.)).

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