from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A vessel in which incense is burned, especially during religious services.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ornamental container for burning incense, especially during religious ceremonies.
- n. A person who censes, a person who perfumes with incense
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A vessel for perfumes; esp. one in which incense is burned.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vessel in which incense is burned before an altar.
- n. A fire-pan in which perfumes were burned to sweeten the atmosphere, having its lid perforated, and sometimes decorated with figures and designs in open-work.
- n. One who formerly paid cense-money. See censure, n., 5.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a container for burning incense (especially one that is swung on a chain in a religious ritual)
Middle English, short for encenser, from Anglo-Norman encensier, from encens, incense, from Old French; see incense2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman censier, from encensier, from encens ("incense") (Wiktionary)