Definition of cresset in English:


Syllabification: cres·set
Pronunciation: /ˈkresit


A metal container of oil, grease, wood, or coal burned as a torch and typically mounted on a pole.
More example sentences
  • He arose and went to her as I lit the cresset from the brazier coals.
  • In addition to these fires, the streets were lined with lanterns, and people carried cressets (pivoted lanterns atop poles) as they wandered from one bonfire to another.
  • Fire baskets or cressets mounted at the prows of the fishing barges seem to attract prey for the cormorants.


late Middle English: from Old French, from craisse, variant of graisse 'oil, grease'.

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