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cruet Syllabification: cru·et
Pronunciation: /ˈkro͞oət/

Definition of cruet in English:


1A small container for salt, pepper, oil, or vinegar for use at a dining table.
Example sentences
  • ‘I've got my eye on a salt and pepper cruet set - they're only £18,’ she said.
  • He also worked on virtually every form of vessel, large and small, from salts and cruets to beakers to candelabra, and from tureens to rose water sprinklers.
  • These items included decanters, beakers, essence-bottles, cruets, wash-hand bowls, sweetmeat saucers, epergnes, vases, lemonade cups, ‘gugglets’, and ‘four elegant cut candlesticks enamel'd mosaik work very rich’.
2(In church use) a small container for the wine or water to be used in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Example sentences
  • I took the finger towel and glass cruets of water and wine to the credence table at the right of the altar and put out the bell on the step where I would be kneeling at the consecration.
  • The sacristians were in the sacristy to see all was in order, vestments laid out, candles lit, cruets filled with water and wine.
  • A table by the bedside, covered in a clean white cloth, held two lighted blessed candles, a crucifix, a cruet of holy water and a sprinkler.


Middle English (sense 2): from Anglo-Norman French, diminutive of Old French crue 'pot', from Old Saxon krūka; related to crock2.

Words that rhyme with cruet

bluet, intuit, suet, Yuit
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