- a small, round, shallow dish to hold a cup.
- something resembling a saucer, as in shape.
Origin of saucer
Examples from the Web for saucer
There was a delicate, pale green china cup and saucer on top of the nightstand.You Better Not Cry
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As the whey rises, dip it off with a saucer or a skimming dish.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Marguerite kept him waiting while she arranged biscuits in her saucer.Roden's Corner
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His hands trembled, so that the coffee spilled from the cup into the saucer.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
Tents were put up on the edge of the saucer and a banquet was prepared.The Chinese Fairy Book
Keep the pan covered till the curd be sufficiently firm to cut, three or four times across with a saucer, as the whey leaves it.
- a small round dish on which a cup is set
- any similar dish
Word Origin and History for saucer
mid-14c., from Anglo-Latin saucerium and Old French saussier (Modern French saucière) "sauce dish," from Late Latin salsarium, neuter of salsarius "of or for salted things," from Latin salsus (see sauce (n.)). Originally a small dish or pan in which sauce is set on a table. Meaning "small, round, shallow vessel for supporting a cup and retaining any liquid which might be spilled" is attested from c.1702.