cresset

[ kres-it ]
/ ˈkrɛs ɪt /
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noun

a metal cup or basket often mounted on a pole or suspended from above, containing oil, pitch, a rope steeped in rosin, etc., burned as a light or beacon.

Nearby words

  1. creslan,
  2. cresol,
  3. cresol red,
  4. cress,
  5. cressent,
  6. cressida,
  7. cressy,
  8. crest,
  9. crest cloud,
  10. crest coronet

Origin of cresset

1325–75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French craisset, equivalent to cras grease + -et -et

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British Dictionary definitions for cresset

cresset

/ (ˈkrɛsɪt) /

noun

history a metal basket mounted on a pole in which oil or pitch was burned for illumination

Word Origin for cresset

C14: from Old French craisset, from craisse grease

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