Definition of sagger in US English:


(also saggar)


  • A protective fireclay box enclosing ceramic ware while it is being fired.

    • ‘It is hard to know whether the saggers were being fired by a large Iraqi force or a small but determined one.’
    • ‘I finally decided to use a ‘sagger,’ a container in which the pottery is placed, along with a combustible material (sawdust).’
    • ‘When we finally reached the spot at which we estimated they had fired the saggar, there was nothing.’
    • ‘Prior to arriving at the event, some saggers and pot supports had been prepared along the lines of some Gaulish finds from late Roman France.’
    • ‘According to Wexler, ThermaCool is best suited for saggers.’


Mid 18th century: probably a contraction of the noun safeguard.