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

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 sophomore took a pass from Bobby Brink along the boards on the right side at the top of the zone, and sent a crisp saucer pass to Justin Lee on the left side. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 10 Apr. 2022 So on April 9, 1962, when Rock Hudson opened the envelope, paused, then read her name — making Moreno, who is Puerto Rican, the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award — her saucer-size eyes and open mouth said it all. Sarah Bahr, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2022 Those details: the sea urchins, that saucer, that slant of personality. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 Dureau gets a saucer pass in front to Kozak who knocks it down with his skate to his stick and then backhands it in. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 2 Dec. 2021 But with a glass or a saucer or ear trumpet, the ordinary qualities of sound waves are magnified, and the possibility for total global surveillance of all conversations from a satellite of our planet becomes thinkable. Justin E. H. Smith, Wired, 3 Mar. 2022 In the video, after Sting’s brief appearance, a UFO-looking saucer seems to provoke zombies to climb out of a hole in the ground to attack partygoers at a club. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 3 Mar. 2022 The plants should not be left sitting in a saucer full of water. Tim Johnson,, 6 Mar. 2022 Also, make sure to dump out any excess water in the pot or saucer because orchids don’t like wet feet, and don’t get water on the crown, or top, of the plant. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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27 Apr 2022

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“Saucer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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