cres·​set ˈkre-sət How to pronounce cresset (audio)
: an iron vessel or basket used for holding an illuminant (such as oil) and mounted as a torch or suspended as a lantern

Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Cresset.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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