Definition of cruet in English:

cruet

Syllabification: cru·et
Pronunciation: /ˈkro͞oət
 
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noun

  • 1A small container for salt, pepper, oil, or vinegar for use at a dining table.
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    • ‘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.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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