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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Other Words from saucer

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

Examples of saucer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The maximum weight capacity is 150 pounds per saucer. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Snow Sled and Tube," 4 May 2021 In 2016, a team led by Törnqvist drilled three core samples, each as wide as a saucer, from the muck beneath the platforms. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Rerouting the Mississippi River could build new land—and save a retreating coast," 22 Apr. 2021 Remove with a straining spoon and gently push the eggs with the wooden spoon onto a saucer or rimmed plate. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "A Very French Way to Poach an Egg," 8 Apr. 2021 Dad’s saucer spent the rest of its days down in our basement, where my sisters and I played Martians and Earthlings, preferably in the dark. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: Local drought emergencies," 22 Apr. 2021 But for all of Mank’s technical wizardry, the biodrama’s greatest special effect is by far Seyfried’s saucer-eyed turn as Davies. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "A Look Back at Amanda Seyfried’s Most Memorable Performances, From Mean Girls to Mank," 9 Apr. 2021 Robertson broke the seal before Joel L’Esperance finished a saucer pass from Justin Dowling. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars cruise past Panthers, gain momentum heading into pivotal showdown in Nashville," 10 Apr. 2021 Once assembled, place a plastic plant saucer ($1, The Home Depot) in the bottom to protect the fabric. Marty Ross, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Make an Inexpensive Folded Felt Planter to Dress Up Your Houseplants," 7 Apr. 2021 Hertl then sent a saucer pass toward the goal that Balcers got to and beat Kahkonen from in close. Josh Dubow, Star Tribune, "Sharks beat Wild 4-2 for 2-game series sweep," 1 Apr. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Saucer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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