One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A drinking glass with a foot and a stem.
wine glass, chaliceView synonyms
- ‘I've been to several timeshare presentations in the past, once acquiring a set of crystal goblets and on another occasion spending a free weekend at Port Owen (second prize, two free weekends at Port Owen).’
- ‘Huge crystal goblets full of water or fine wines sparkled in the candlelight amongst the shining silver cutlery.’
- ‘Then the break ended and she was back to washing the gold rimmed china and crystal goblets and glasses, cleaning the sterling silver and stainless steel, it was endless.’
- ‘Although I am not a fan of the huge oversized glasses commonly employed, I am happy to see the quality of the glassware has increased immensely, with clumsy, shallow glass goblets being replaced by more appropriate crystal stems.’
- ‘It just goes to show the amazing amount of superb work that goes on in this Trust and everyone who received their crystal goblets and certificates today should feel very proud of the contribution they have made.’
- ‘Molly's sister complied, taking a sip of the punch that was currently being poured by the hotel staff into elegant crystal goblets at each place setting.’
- ‘Her best china had been set along with brightly polished silverware and crystal goblets.’
- ‘By the 1930s, people were commonly referring to the tall goblet in crystal sets as an ‘iced tea’ glass.’
- ‘I cried out, screamed, and threw the crystal goblet that I had been drinking from across the room.’
- ‘Dressed in beautiful clothing, these courtiers and children eat a bountiful feast and drink from beautifully crafted goblets.’
- ‘Munro has made this interplay explicit with some pieces, such as the goblets, where the stem is made of alternating blocks of black and transparent glass.’
- ‘Sparkling glass goblets and mugs refracted the light just as the silver reflected it.’
- ‘Thomas had already set out two crystal wine goblets and a wine decanter; before she could protest, he was presenting her with a dry white wine.’
- ‘There is no specific division between a wine glass and a goblet except that the latter is larger, but a very small glass is called a cordial.’
- ‘I watched fascinated as long fingers played with the stem of the goblet he was holding and I saw those fingers tighten in irritation as my father's voice rose in temper.’
- ‘Without hesitating, she strode to the pillar supporting the glass chalice and firmly grasped the goblet by the stem.’
- ‘There were four long tables set with glistening silver and huge crystal goblets.’
- ‘Chill the champagne and polish the crystal goblets!’
- ‘Tara grinned as she filled the crystal goblets.’
- ‘It is the only compartment in the small restaurant, which has a long European-style table and crystal goblets.’
- 1.1archaic A metal or glass bowl-shaped drinking cup, sometimes with a foot and a cover.
- ‘Dogs were running around the hall, some following servants carrying plates or sleeping by the table at the top of the hall where the table was covered with plates and goblets.’
- ‘The exhibition is on view until December 31 and includes ceramics, bone and metal implements, goblets, pitchers, fragments of marionettes, and Chinese porcelain.’
- ‘She tried unsuccessfully to catch the metal goblet before it landed on the floor.’
- ‘There was a machete, a dagger, two metal goblets, and a dark green cloth bag.’
- ‘The oldest surviving wine glass with a stem and foot are 15th century enameled goblets that holds more than four ounces of liquid.’
Late Middle English: from Old French gobelet, diminutive of gobel ‘cup’, of unknown origin.
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