[ kres-it ]
/ ˈkrɛs ɪt /


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.

Origin of cresset

1325–75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French craisset, equivalent to cras grease + -et -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cresset


/ (ˈkrɛsɪt) /


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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