[krooz, kroos]


an earthen pot, bottle, etc., for liquids.

Origin of cruse

1225–75; Middle English crouse (Old English crūse; cognate with German Krause pot with lid), conflated with croo (Old English crōg, crōh; cognate with German Krug jug) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cruse

Historical Examples of cruse

  • We all have only our one cruse of energy given us to make the best of.

  • The better rendering is "cruse" or "flask" instead of "box."

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

  • God is good;—the "barrel of meal" does not fail, nor the "cruse of oil."

  • Mark you, preacher, it is not enough that you are a cruse; you must be filled with that which heals.

    Broken Bread

    Thomas Champness

  • An handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse.

    Familiar Quotations

    John Bartlett

British Dictionary definitions for cruse



a small earthenware container used, esp formerly, for liquids

Word Origin for cruse

Old English crūse; related to Middle High German krūse, Dutch kroes jug
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Word Origin and History for cruse

"small vessel for liquids," early 15c., perhaps related to Old Norse krus "pot, tankard," from a general Germanic root of unknown origin. Cf. Middle Dutch cruese, Dutch kroes "cup, pot, mug," Middle Low German krus, Danish krus "mug, jug," German Krause "jug, mug."

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