Definition of cresset in English:

cresset

noun

historical
  • A metal container of oil, grease, wood, or coal burned as a torch and typically mounted on a pole.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He arose and went to her as I lit the cresset from the brazier coals.’
    • ‘Fire baskets or cressets mounted at the prows of the fishing barges seem to attract prey for the cormorants.’
    firebrand, brand
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

cresset

/ˈkresət/