saucer (n.) mid-14c., from O.Fr. saucier "sauce dish," from L.L. salsarium, neuter of salsarius "of or for salted things," from L. salsus (see SAUCE (Cf. sauce)). Meaning "small, round, shallow vessel for supporting a cup" is attested from c.1702.

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  • saucer — [ sose ] v. tr. <conjug. : 3> • v. 1200 sauser fig. « tremper »; de sauce 1 ♦ Vx Tremper dans la sauce. Saucer son pain. Rare Garnir de sauce. « Le pudding saucé d un brûlant velours de rhum » (Colette). 2 ♦ (1915) Mod. Essuyer en enlevant… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Saucer — Sau cer, n. [F. sauci[ e]re, from sauce. See {Sauce}.] 1. A small pan or vessel in which sauce was set on a table. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. A small dish, commonly deeper than a plate, in which a cup is set at table. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • saucer — [sô′sər] n. [ME sawsere < MFr saussier < sause, SAUCE] 1. a small, round, shallow dish, esp. one with an indentation designed to hold a cup 2. anything round and shallow like a saucer saucerlike adj …   English World dictionary

  • saucer — ► NOUN ▪ a shallow dish with a central circular indentation, on which a cup is placed. ORIGIN Old French saussier sauce boat …   English terms dictionary

  • Saucer — A saucer is a small type of dishware specifically for use with and for supporting a cup a cylindrical cup intended for coffee or a half sphere teacup for tea. Additionally, the saucer is a distant cousin to the plate. The saucer has a raised… …   Wikipedia

  • saucer — (sô sé ; le c prend une cédille devant a et o ; sauçant, sauçons) v. a. 1°   Tremper dans la sauce. Saucer sa viande, son pain. 2°   Par extension. Tremper dans un liquide quelconque. Saucer des branches dans de l eau.    Il a été saucé dans la… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • saucer — noun /ˈsɔː.sə,ˈsɔ(ː).səɹ,ˈsɒ(ː).sər/ˈsɑ(ː).səɹ/ a) A small shallow dish to hold a cup and catch drips. The saucer shaped object could have been a UFO, but actually it was a balloon. b) An object round and gently curved (shaped like a saucer). See …   Wiktionary

  • saucer */ — UK [ˈsɔːsə(r)] / US [ˈsɔsər] noun [countable] Word forms saucer : singular saucer plural saucers a small round flat dish that you put a tea cup or coffee cup on • See: flying saucer …   English dictionary

  • saucer — noun Etymology: Middle English, plate containing a condiment, from Anglo French, from sauce Date: circa 1702 1. a small shallow dish in which a cup is set at table 2. something resembling a saucer especially in shape; especially flying saucer •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Saucer — A technical charting formation that indicates that a stock s price has reached its low and that the downward trend has come to a close. Saucer formations will exhibit very low volume figures at the point when the stock s price was the lowest …   Investment dictionary