cru·​et ˈkrü-ət How to pronounce cruet (audio)
: a vessel to hold wine or water for the Eucharist
: 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 Don't let the smooth, shiny stainless steel fool you—the shape of this petite cruet allows for a firm grip. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 June 2023 There’s also a black marble horsehead as a nod to The Godfather and vintage oil and vinegar cruets, while at the entrance are stunning Murano glass sconces from the ’60s. Devorah Lev-Tov, Vogue, 14 Mar. 2023 Pour remaining tare into a gravy boat or cruet to pass. Amy Thielen, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2022 This oil-and-vinegar cruet set works for both prep and serving and comes in a variety of colors to match your chef's other Le Creuset cookware. Danny Perez, Popular Mechanics, 2 Nov. 2022 Made by Tokyo’s oldest glassmaker, Hirota Glass, this delicate soy sauce cruet has milky, opalescent stripes and holds five ounces of liquid. Mackenzie Chung Fegan, Bon Appétit, 17 Nov. 2020 Fink’s student sets a four-piece silver cruet for salt, white pepper, black pepper, and mustard above the forks. Rachel Stafler, Town & Country, 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, 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, 7 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Cruet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


cru·​et ˈkrü-ət How to pronounce cruet (audio)
: a small glass bottle for holding vinegar, oil, or sauce for use at the table

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