sau·​cer | \ ˈsȯ-sər How to pronounce saucer (audio) \

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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saucerlike \ ˈsȯ-​sər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce saucerlike (audio) \ adjective

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Plus about 45 mugs and 25 teacups, some with saucers. Susan Harlan, Curbed, "The dish store that is my home away from home," 11 July 2019 Using a six-inch-wide saucer or other circular object as a guide, cut 2 (six-inch) circles from each sheet of puff pastry, discarding the scraps. House Beautiful, "Ina Garten's Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts," 28 Aug. 2010 From the dwarf-saucer magnolias in early spring, to the hollyhocks that Cogswell specified for the original garden, the long blooming phlox and the exotic perfume of the Plantagenet hostas in the fall, Riley watches over the process. Joan Hunt,, "Webb House Garden The Centerpiece Of CT Garden Tour," 27 June 2019 Place a teaspoon of marmalade on a cold saucer, and run a finger through the jam. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 If you're concerned that the drainage holes will ruin your tabletop or windowsill, use a saucer or liner to catch any excess water. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "10 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors Year-Round," 21 Nov. 2018 Alternatively, place several small saucers in freezer. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 The military's engagement with flying saucers isn't just conspiratorial. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "70 Years and Counting, the UFO Phenomenon Is as Mysterious As Ever," 2 July 2018 Take this source, who is definitely not a stack of dentures in a trench coat named Fudy Biuliani: Pussycats in their 40s — so OK, so like maybe really late 40s — are setting saucers of milk. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "Gossip Column Claims Women Are Extremely Horny for … Rudy Giuliani," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of saucer was circa 1702

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English Language Learners Definition of saucer

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


sau·​cer | \ ˈsȯ-sər How to pronounce saucer (audio) \

Kids Definition of saucer

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

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