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[saw-ser] /ˈsɔ sər/
a small, round, shallow dish to hold a cup.
something resembling a saucer, as in shape.
Origin of saucer
First recorded in 1300-50; Middle English word from Old French word saussier. See sauce, -er2 Unabridged
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  • Dishes clicked lightly, knives and forks jingled, cups were set back with little clinking noises on saucers.

    The Brimming Cup Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • Why don't they have little carpets, and tables and chairs, and cups and saucers?

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • They were long and streamlined or short and round, or they were curved like gondolas or squat like saucers.

    Perchance to Dream Richard Stockham
  • Does your mother ever bake little pies, in saucers, for you?

    A Little Maid of Ticonderoga Alice Turner Curtis
  • Give a plentiful supply of water in saucers to Narcissus, or other bulbs when flowering.

    Flowers and Flower-Gardens David Lester Richardson
  • Anna opened a cupboard and produced cups and saucers and a tin of coffee.

    Anna the Adventuress E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Bengal lights are very similar, but are piled in saucers, covered with gummed paper, and lit by means of pieces of match.

  • There's everything you can think of in it, down to the tiniest cups and saucers.

    Peterkin Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • From the adjoining room, the clinking of cups and saucers told him that breakfast was going on.

    The Locusts' Years Mary Helen Fee
  • The teacups jumped from their saucers as it thumped on the board.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
British Dictionary definitions for saucers


a small round dish on which a cup is set
any similar dish
Derived Forms
saucerful, noun
saucerless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French saussier container for sauce
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for saucers



The eyes (1864+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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