Definition of saucer in US English:



  • A shallow dish, typically having a circular indentation in the center, on which a cup is placed.

    • ‘We can supply them with everything down to the cups and saucers.’
    • ‘The tray has a teapot, two little bowls and two saucers with pretty looking beancurd sweets in them.’
    • ‘The cabinets should be able to store a generous stack of plates, cups, saucers, and bowls.’
    • ‘Mom sipped her tea and set it down on the china saucer that was placed on the glass coffee-table.’
    • ‘On yet another plate, was a teapot, still steaming, and on two saucers were two cups with two spoons and two small bowls of sugar.’
    • ‘She found Dilys in the dining room setting a tea platter with cups and saucers.’
    • ‘Soon the children were all armed with steaming cups and saucers.’
    • ‘Our fields are full of old spoons and forks and pieces of broken cups, saucers and plates.’
    • ‘Fiona came into the room then, carrying two cups of coffee, porcelain cups with saucers.’
    • ‘Put 2 or 3 saucers into the freezer to use later when testing for setting point.’
    • ‘Later, I took my mother and the cat a cup of tea and a saucer of milk, respectively.’
    • ‘Phalaenopsis orchids need a good deal of moisture and standing the pot on a saucer of pebbles and daily misting should achieve this.’
    • ‘Shayne returned, holding a tray on which were a coffee plunger, cups, saucers, cream, sugar and biscuits.’
    • ‘She gestured at carefully piled plates and bowls stacked on shelves and bluebell-patterned cups and saucers gleaming on the draining board by the sink.’
    • ‘The cups were so big you could drown in them, and they were sitting in saucers practically the size of dinner plates.’
    • ‘They comprise the full range of cups and saucers, milk jugs, covered sugar bowls or boxes, slop bowls, teapots and stands.’
    • ‘And after dinner, he jumps up and picks up the cups and the saucers and the plates and comes in the kitchen.’
    • ‘Linda watched Karen as she sat her new doll carefully on a tree stump and placed tiny china plates, cups and saucers before it.’
    • ‘The table before him was full of pretty cups and saucers and flowers.’
    • ‘Then clear off a couple hundred tables and wash twelve thousand plates, glasses, cups and saucers.’
    dishes, pots, crocks, plates, bowls, cups, saucers
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  • have eyes like saucers

    • Have one's eyes opened wide in amazement.

      ‘she saw the child looking at her with eyes like saucers’
      • ‘All the while, her eyes were wide as saucers and her mouth gaped open.’
      • ‘I knew my eyes were as wide as saucers and I scrabbled at the door.’
      • ‘Her eyes were round as saucers as she stared, awed by the sight.’
      • ‘Her eyes grow wide as saucers and she takes another cautious bite.’
      • ‘Rachel looked around the room and saw that Nick, and her mother were both in the room looking at her with eyes as big as saucers not sure of what to do next.’
      • ‘Mia's eyes became wide as saucers, and she looked at Mark.’
      • ‘Cilla's eyes were as round as saucers, but I didn't back down.’
      • ‘Again, Alana's eyes were like saucers and she gave him a dirty look.’
      • ‘Lydia didn't seem to notice that her mouth was hanging slightly open, and Phil's eyes were wide as saucers.’
      • ‘By now, I think I'm shaking, and I know full well that my face is pale, and that my eyes are as wide as saucers.’


Middle English (denoting a condiment dish): from Old French saussier(e) ‘sauce boat’, probably suggested by late Latin salsarium.