noun cres·set \ˈkre-sət\

Definition of CRESSET

:  an iron vessel or basket used for holding an illuminant (as oil) and mounted as a torch or suspended as a lantern

Origin of CRESSET

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from creisse, gresse grease — more at grease
First Known Use: 14th century


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