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Origin of goblet

1300–50; Middle English gobelet < Old French, diminutive of gobel cup ≪ Celtic
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British Dictionary definitions for goblet


  1. a vessel for drinking, usually of glass or metal, with a base and stem but without handles
  2. archaic a large drinking cup shaped like a bowl

Word Origin for goblet

C14: from Old French gobelet a little cup, from gobel ultimately of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for goblet

late 14c., from Old French gobelet "goblet, cup," diminutive of gobel "cup," probably related to gobe "gulp down" (see gob).

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