Definition of saucer in English:



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

    • ‘Fiona came into the room then, carrying two cups of coffee, porcelain cups with saucers.’
    • ‘Then clear off a couple hundred tables and wash twelve thousand plates, glasses, cups and saucers.’
    • ‘Soon the children were all armed with steaming cups and saucers.’
    • ‘Shayne returned, holding a tray on which were a coffee plunger, cups, saucers, cream, sugar and biscuits.’
    • ‘The table before him was full of pretty cups and saucers and flowers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They comprise the full range of cups and saucers, milk jugs, covered sugar bowls or boxes, slop bowls, teapots and stands.’
    • ‘Our fields are full of old spoons and forks and pieces of broken cups, saucers and plates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The tray has a teapot, two little bowls and two saucers with pretty looking beancurd sweets in them.’
    • ‘Linda watched Karen as she sat her new doll carefully on a tree stump and placed tiny china plates, cups and saucers before it.’
    • ‘And after dinner, he jumps up and picks up the cups and the saucers and the plates and comes in the kitchen.’
    • ‘She found Dilys in the dining room setting a tea platter with cups and saucers.’
    • ‘The cups were so big you could drown in them, and they were sitting in saucers practically the size of dinner plates.’
    • ‘Mom sipped her tea and set it down on the china saucer that was placed on the glass coffee-table.’
    • ‘The cabinets should be able to store a generous stack of plates, cups, saucers, and bowls.’
    • ‘We can supply them with everything down to the cups and saucers.’
    • ‘Phalaenopsis orchids need a good deal of moisture and standing the pot on a saucer of pebbles and daily misting should achieve this.’
    dishes, pots, crocks, plates, bowls, cups, saucers
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Middle English (denoting a condiment dish): from Old French saussier(e) sauceboat probably suggested by late Latin salsarium.