faucet

[ faw-sit ]
/ ˈfɔ sɪt /

noun

any device for controlling the flow of liquid from a pipe or the like by opening or closing an orifice; tap; cock.

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Origin of faucet

1350–1400; Middle English <Middle French fausset peg for a vent, perhaps equivalent to fauss(er) to force in, damage, warp, literally, to falsify (<Late Latin falsāre;see false) + -et-et

regional variation note for faucet

Spigot is a common variant for faucet and is widely used in the Midland U.S. Elsewhere, faucet is more commonly used, especially in the Northern U.S.
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British Dictionary definitions for faucet

faucet
/ (ˈfɔːsɪt) /

noun

a tap fitted to a barrel
US and Canadian a valve by which a fluid flow from a pipe can be controlled by opening and closing an orificeAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): tap

Word Origin for faucet

C14: from Old French fausset, from Provençal falset, from falsar to bore
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