cos·​trel ˈkä-strəl How to pronounce costrel (audio)
: a flat usually earthenware container for liquids with loops through which a belt or cord may be passed for easy carrying

called also pilgrim bottle

Word History


Middle English, from Medieval Latin & Anglo-French; Medieval Latin costrellus, from Anglo-French *costrel, from costere side, from coste rib, side — more at coast

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of costrel was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Costrel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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