sau·​cer | \ˈsȯ-sər \

Definition of saucer 

1 : a small shallow dish in which a cup is set at table

2 : something resembling a saucer especially in shape especially : flying saucer

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Other Words from saucer

saucerlike \ ˈsȯ-​sər-​ˌlīk \ adjective

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The singsongy music blasting from the alien saucers ride. Gabrielle Russon,, "Disney Toy Story Land first look: Details bring attraction to life," 28 June 2018 Her saucer-like head has a simple light-up display evoking eyes or bucked teeth, and her tall silhouette, it must be said, has noticeable hips. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Soul of Solo Is a Droid," 27 May 2018 Other standouts include La Double J’s architectural and frond-laden teacups and saucers, and Gucci’s tasseled throw pillow embroidered with a panther’s piercing gaze. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, " Launches Homeware—Because Gucci Shouldn’t Be Limited to Your Closet," 2 July 2018 Only service staff put fingers on top of saucers, bowls, and dinnerware. Sarah Solomon, Town & Country, "25 Things I Learned at The Plaza’s Etiquette School," 14 Apr. 2017 Adorned with tiny blossoms, it is served in a flowered saucer in a pool of 7UP poured tableside by server/farm tour guide/student of agriculture Linh Thao Pham: Korean cooking meets French-style service. Devra First,, "What’s on the menu at Falmouth’s Buffalo Jump? ‘Weird food that only weirdos like’," 11 July 2018 The other hand was placed under the mug like a saucer. Weike Wang, The New Yorker, "Omakase," 6 June 2018 There was barely room on the table for my café crème and the speculoos tucked between the cup and saucer. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Eating Alone," 6 July 2018 In moist, humid climates, use exclusion techniques such as rings of ash around the plants, or use saucers of beer as bait. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow The Most Stunning Hostas," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of saucer

circa 1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for saucer

Middle English, plate containing a condiment, from Anglo-French, from sauce

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English Language Learners Definition of saucer

: a small, round dish that you put a cup on


sau·​cer | \ˈsȯ-sər \

Kids Definition of saucer

: a small shallow dish often with a slightly lower center for holding a cup

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