Definition of saucer in US English:



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

    • ‘Our fields are full of old spoons and forks and pieces of broken cups, saucers and plates.’
    • ‘Mom sipped her tea and set it down on the china saucer that was placed on the glass coffee-table.’
    • ‘They comprise the full range of cups and saucers, milk jugs, covered sugar bowls or boxes, slop bowls, teapots and stands.’
    • ‘Fiona came into the room then, carrying two cups of coffee, porcelain cups with saucers.’
    • ‘The table before him was full of pretty cups and saucers and flowers.’
    • ‘And after dinner, he jumps up and picks up the cups and the saucers and the plates and comes in the kitchen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Soon the children were all armed with steaming 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.’
    • ‘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 tray has a teapot, two little bowls and two saucers with pretty looking beancurd sweets in them.’
    • ‘She found Dilys in the dining room setting a tea platter with cups and saucers.’
    • ‘Shayne returned, holding a tray on which were a coffee plunger, cups, saucers, cream, sugar and biscuits.’
    • ‘The cabinets should be able to store a generous stack of plates, cups, saucers, and bowls.’
    • ‘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 cups were so big you could drown in them, and they were sitting in saucers practically the size of dinner 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.’
    • ‘We can supply them with everything down to the cups and saucers.’
    • ‘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.

      • ‘I knew my eyes were as wide as saucers and I scrabbled at the door.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cilla's eyes were as round as saucers, but I didn't back down.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her eyes grow wide as saucers and she takes another cautious bite.’
      • ‘Her eyes were round as saucers as she stared, awed by the sight.’
      • ‘All the while, her eyes were wide as saucers and her mouth gaped open.’
      • ‘Again, Alana's eyes were like saucers and she gave him a dirty look.’
      • ‘Mia's eyes became wide as saucers, and she looked at Mark.’
      • ‘Lydia didn't seem to notice that her mouth was hanging slightly open, and Phil's eyes were wide as saucers.’


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