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

  • n. A small shallow dish having a slight circular depression in the center for holding a cup.
  • n. An object similar in shape to a saucer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small shallow dish to hold a cup and catch drips.
  • n. An object round and gently curved (shaped like a saucer).
  • n. A small pan or vessel in which sauce was set on a table.
  • n. A flat, shallow caisson for raising sunken ships.
  • n. A shallow socket for the pivot of a capstan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small pan or vessel in which sauce was set on a table.
  • n. A small dish, commonly deeper than a plate, in which a cup is set at table.
  • n. Something resembling a saucer in shape.
  • n. A flat, shallow caisson for raising sunken ships.
  • n. A shallow socket for the pivot of a capstan.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small dish or pan in which sauce is set on the table; a sauce-dish.
  • n. A small, round, shallow vessel, a little deeper than a plate, upon which a cup, as a tea- or coffee-cup, is placed, and which is designed to retain any liquid which may be spilled from the cup.
  • n. Something resembling a saucer.
  • n. A tobacco adapted by large absorptive capacity to take the ‘sauces’ in vogue in Continental Europe, which are said to consist chiefly of salt, sal-ammoniac, and sugar. See sauce, 6. A German and a Dutch saucer are known to the trade, consisting of varieties of the heavy export type chiefly from Virginia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something with a round shape resembling a flat circular plate
  • n. directional antenna consisting of a parabolic reflector for microwave or radio frequency radiation
  • n. a disk used in throwing competitions
  • n. a small shallow dish for holding a cup at the table


Middle English, sauce dish, from Old French saussier, from sauce, sauce; see sauce.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French saucière. (Wiktionary)


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