Simple Definition of cruet
: a small glass bottle that is used at the table during meals to hold vinegar, oil, or sauce
: a container or set of containers used at the table during meals to hold salt, pepper, oil, etc.
Full Definition of cruet
1 : a vessel to hold wine or water for the Eucharist
2 : a usually glass bottle used to hold a condiment (as oil or vinegar) for use at the table
Origin and Etymology of cruet
Middle English, from Anglo-French, diminutive of Old French crue, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German krūche pitcher — more at crock
First Known Use: 14th century
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up cruet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).