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Webster 1913 Edition


Cruet

Cru′et

(krṳ′ĕt)
,
Noun.
[Anglo-French
cruet
, a dim. from OF.
crue
,
cruie
; of German or Celtic origin, and akin to E.
crock
an earthen vessel.]
1.
A bottle or vessel; esp., a vial or small glass bottle for holding vinegar, oil, pepper, or the like, for the table; a caster.
Swift.
2.
(Eccl.)
A vessel used to hold wine, oil, or water for the service of the altar.

Webster 1828 Edition


Cruet

CRUET

,
Noun.
[See Cruse.] A vial or small glass bottle, for holding vinegar, oil, &c.

Definition 2022


cruet

cruet

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cruet (plural cruets)

  1. A small bottle or container used to hold a condiment, such as salt, pepper, oil, or vinegar, for use at a dining table.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 17
      Mrs. Hussey soon appeared, with a mustard-pot in one hand and a vinegar-cruet in the other, having just broken away from the occupation of attending to the castors, and scolding her little black boy meantime.
  2. (Britain) A stand for these containers.
    • 1931, Francis Beeding, chapter 1/1, in Death Walks in Eastrepps:
      He [] even had a second slice of lamb, for he was hungry. During the meal, as was his custom, he read from a book propped up against the cruet.
  3. A small vessel used to hold wine or water for the Eucharist.

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