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

Example Sentences

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 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a jar or pot for holding a liquid

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