kra·​ter | \ ˈkrā-tər How to pronounce krater (audio) , krä-ˈter How to pronounce krater (audio) \
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Definition of krater

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

Examples of krater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "Paolo Giorgio Ferri, hunter of looted antiquities, Dies at 72," 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, "Artifact From Caligula’s Ship Found to Be a Coffee Table in New York Apartment," 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, "Ancient Vase Seized From Met Museum on Suspicion It Was Looted," 31 July 2017 But the Metropolitan Museum added the krater to its collection soon after Sotheby's sold it. Nick Romeo, National Geographic, "Museum-Goers Beware: That Ancient Artifact May Be Stolen," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of krater

circa 1736, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for krater

borrowed from Greek krātḗr — more at crater entry 1

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“Krater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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