cresset

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noun cres·set \ˈkre-sət\

Definition of cresset

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

Origin and Etymology of cresset

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from creisse, gresse grease — more at grease


First Known Use: 14th century


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