- a small, round, shallow dish to hold a cup.
- something resembling a saucer, as in shape.
Origin of saucer
Examples from the Web for saucers
She went to the scullery and returned with cups and saucers which she put on the table.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
What shining coffee-cups and saucers I might have won at the turntables, if I had had the luck!The Uncommercial Traveller
There was a shelf of books and another of blue and white cups and saucers and dishes.The Harbor
Put the mince into scallop shells or saucers three parts full, and fill them up with potatoes, mashed with a little cream.
Put it into scallop shells or saucers, making them three parts full, and fill them up with potatoes, mashed with a little cream.
- a small round dish on which a cup is set
- any similar dish
Word Origin and History for saucers
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.