variants or less commonly crater
: a jar or vase of classical antiquity having a large round body and a wide mouth and used for mixing wine and water

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Metropolitan Museum of Art has also relinquished scores of antiquities with questionable provenance to Italy, most famously the 2,500-year-old Euphronios krater and more than a dozen pieces of Hellenistic silver in 2006. CNN, 5 June 2021 From 2006 to 2011, the Met returned 20 Roman objects in addition to the krater, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles gave back 47, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston repatriated 13. Tom Mashberg,, 21 June 2020 Among other finds was an Apulian red figure krater dated to around 360-350 B.C. which was found at the Metropolitan Museum of New York. Claudio Lavanga, NBC News, 20 Oct. 2017 The return of the Euphronios krater was an international dispute that played out over decades before the Met agreed to send it back. Tom Mashberg, New York Times, 31 July 2017 But the Metropolitan Museum added the krater to its collection soon after Sotheby's sold it. Nick Romeo, National Geographic, 1 May 2017

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Word History


borrowed from Greek krātḗr — more at crater entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1736, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of krater was circa 1736

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“Krater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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