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  1. a small, round, shallow dish to hold a cup.
  2. something resembling a saucer, as in shape.
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Origin of saucer

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Old French word saussier. See sauce, -er2
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Related Words for saucers

dish, pot, basin, urn, plate, container, cup, bowl, platter, tray, disc, crock, casserole, vessel, boat, tureen, porringer, saucer, pottery, ceramic

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British Dictionary definitions for saucers


  1. a small round dish on which a cup is set
  2. any similar dish
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Derived Formssaucerful, nounsaucerless, adjective

Word Origin for saucer

C14: from Old French saussier container for sauce
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Word Origin and History for saucers



mid-14c., from Anglo-Latin saucerium and Old French saussier (Modern French saucière) "sauce dish," from Late Latin salsarium, neuter of salsarius "of or for salted things," from Latin salsus (see sauce (n.)). Originally a small dish or pan in which sauce is set on a table. Meaning "small, round, shallow vessel for supporting a cup and retaining any liquid which might be spilled" is attested from c.1702.

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