censer

[ sen-ser ]
/ ˈsɛn sər /
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noun

a container, usually covered, in which incense is burned, especially during religious services; thurible.

Nearby words

  1. cenospecies,
  2. cenotaph,
  3. cenote,
  4. cenozoic,
  5. cense,
  6. censor,
  7. censorial,
  8. censorious,
  9. censoriously,
  10. censorship

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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British Dictionary definitions for censer

censer

/ (ˈsɛnsə) /

noun

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

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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