cru·​et | \ ˈkrü-ət How to pronounce cruet (audio) \

Definition of cruet

1 : a vessel to hold wine or water for the Eucharist
2 : a usually glass bottle used to hold a condiment (such as oil or vinegar) for use at the table

Examples of cruet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fink’s student sets a four-piece silver cruet for salt, white pepper, black pepper, and mustard above the forks. Rachel Stafler, Town & Country, "The Secrets of the Last Great Butler," 27 Sep. 2019 Quick took photos of the keepsakes, made 3D scans of them, then remade and re-imagined the objects —the vintage typewriter, the rosewater cruet, the knife block carved from a redwood telephone pole — in clear resin. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New Americans Museum exhibit tells San Diego’s stories — one keepsake at a time," 10 Sep. 2019 But legend had it that in that place was a grail chalice, or two cruets rather, one of blood and one of sweat. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Nicolas Cage Explains His Dinosaur Skull Fiasco and Hunt for the (Literal) Holy Grail," 7 Aug. 2019 The 1920s were the last gasp for the firm, under the blingier designer Dagobert Peche, whose mirrors and cruets were as florid as his predecessors’ were straitlaced. New York Times, "Art and Museums in NYC This Week," 14 Dec. 2017 Special menu includes Mom's pot roast with braised vegetables, puff pastry seafood cruet with lobster sauce, prime rib, salmon, Waldorf salad and strawberry shortcake with French vanilla ice cream. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Naperville Sun, "Events that are all about Mom," 4 May 2017 This tidy soy sauce glass cruet is designed with an effective no-drip pouring spout built into the stopper: Soy Sauce Cruet, $40 ($36 for members), Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "An Elegant Dispenser for Soy Sauce," 23 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of cruet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cruet

Middle English, from Anglo-French, diminutive of Old French crue, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German krūche pitcher — more at crock

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“Cruet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cruet

US : a small glass bottle that is used at the table during meals to hold vinegar, oil, or sauce
British : a container or set of containers used at the table during meals to hold salt, pepper, oil, etc.

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