[ kres-it ]

  1. 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 crasgrease + -et-et

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How to use cresset in a sentence

  • At one of the larger intersections, Albert stopped under a flaming cresset and looked at his arm.

    Insidekick | Jesse Franklin Bone
  • For a moment there was darkness, then a cresset on the wall flashed up, another and another, and all was light.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • His face was cruel and alert, and the light from the cresset played in red streaks upon his helmet.

    The Hill of Venus | Nathan Gallizier
  • Light yonder cresset from the embers on the hearth; advance it to his face!

    Wager of Battle | Henry William Herbert
  • cresset, a large kind of candlestick for holding a small fire or illuminant.

British Dictionary definitions for cresset


/ (ˈkrɛsɪt) /

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

Origin of cresset

C14: from Old French craisset, from craisse grease

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