censer

noun
cen·​ser | \ ˈsen(t)-sər How to pronounce censer (audio) \

Definition of censer

: a vessel for burning incense especially : a covered incense burner swung on chains in a religious ritual

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Examples of censer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the outset, a massive censer swung slowly like a pendulum over the stage to the toll of a distant bell, leaving a trail of smoke that settled into the misty forest where the lovers discover each other. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2022 That airless environment of secrecy and subterfuge is thick with smoke that emanates first from a censer hanging center stage before the play begins and then clogs the sepulchral shafts of John Torres' expressive lighting throughout. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Feb. 2020 Recall the Dior fall 2000 show by Galliano, which opened with a model swinging a censer while dressed as the Pope. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 8 May 2018 Velvet drapes and kneeling pillows, shafts of white hyacinth and censers wafting clouds of heady frankincense felt like a lot to absorb on a Monday morning. Guy Trebay, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2018 Recall the Dior fall 2000 show by Galliano, which opened with a model swinging a censer while dressed as the Pope. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 8 May 2018 Velvet drapes and kneeling pillows, shafts of white hyacinth and censers wafting clouds of heady frankincense felt like a lot to absorb on a Monday morning. Guy Trebay, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of censer

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Censer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/censer. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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