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

Examples of saucer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soon, other people around the US started to see their saucers. Sarah Scoles, Wired, "How UFO Sightings Became an American Obsession," 3 Mar. 2020 To prevent mosquitoes from breeding, residents should clear standing water around their homes such as puddles, flower pot saucers and bird baths. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "First positive test for West Nile virus found in Cedar Hill mosquito sample," 16 Apr. 2020 Carefully packed in an upright box, each Bloomscape plant arrives fully grown and ready to display with a pot and matching saucer. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Deliver a Houseplant to Mom's Door for the Perfect Mother's Day Surprise," 15 Apr. 2020 Just cut off 1-2 inches at the base, put it aside (cut side up) in a bowl or shallow saucer filled with about a ½ inch of water. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Stuck inside? Tips for indoor gardening to bring green to your space while quarantined," 1 Apr. 2020 Because of their saucer-like shape, the clouds are frequently mistaken for UFOs — especially by people who spend much of their time searching for UFOs. Fox News, "Cloud over Mt. Shasta appears 'out of this world'," 26 Feb. 2020 But make sure there’s a hole in the pot for drainage, and don’t let water sit in the saucer beneath the pot. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Are Daphne Plants, and How Do You Care for Them?," 29 Jan. 2020 Make sure the pot has holes in the bottom (or drill some yourself—here's how!) because no plant likes sitting in water; dump out the saucer beneath the pot if water drains into it. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "Your Ultimate Guide to Caring for a Ficus Tree," 22 Jan. 2020 The saucer cracked, and the ensuing blaze singed a table before the Secret Service could put it out. Hugo Restall, WSJ, "‘Drunk in China’ Review: The Proletariat’s White Wine," 16 Jan. 2020

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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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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Saucer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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