: a small vessel (such as a jar or pot) for holding a liquid (such as water or oil)

Examples of cruse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For Jews, the Maccabees' story and the legend of the single cruse of oil burning eight days signals the possibility that a dedicated few, inspired by faith in their purpose, can reshape history. Joshua M. Davidson, CNN, 28 Nov. 2021

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Word History


Middle English; akin to Old English crūse pitcher

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cruse was in the 13th century

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“Cruse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cruse. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a jar or pot for holding a liquid

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