Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shallow ornamental vessel usually on a pedestal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A shallow saucer-like dish, either mounted on a stem and foot or on a foot alone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ornamental cup or vase with a large, flat, shallow bowl, resting on a pedestal and often having handles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shallow or saucer-shaped vessel mounted on a foot.
  • n. A saucer-shaped receptacle or bowl, as the bowl-part of the vessel defined above, or a larger group containing several different bowls.

Etymologies

Italian, cup, tazza, from Arabic ṭašt, basin; see demitasse.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian tazza. (Wiktionary)

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  • "Cream and finely powdered sugar filled in the empty spaces on the table. Desserts were to be served in elegant, usually footed glass or china bowls or compotes, called tazzas in 1851, which were to line the center of the table. These were to be flanked on the sides by lower dishes and plates of dried fruits, nuts, candies, and chocolates, all ornately garnished with flowers, leaves, and vines."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 177

    May 4, 2010