cruet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cruet bottle that holds wine or oil or vinegar for the table
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cruet A bottle or vessel; esp., a vial or small glass bottle for holding vinegar, oil, pepper, or the like, for the table; a caster.
    • Cruet (Eccl) A vessel used to hold wine, oil, or water for the service of the altar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cruet A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
    • n cruet Specifically Eccles., one of the two vessels holding respectively the wine and the water for the eucharist and for the ablutions of the mass. In the Roman Catholic Church the name burette, borrowed from the French, is often used. Older names are ama or amula, ampulla, fiola or phiola, gemellio, and urceolus or urceola.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cruet krōō′et a small jar or phial for sauces and condiments
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Anglo-French cruet, a dim. from OF. crue, cruie,; of German or Celtic origin, and akin to E. crock, an earthen vessel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Acc. to Skeat, prob. formed from Dut. kruik, a jar = Eng. crock; and acc. to E. Müller, dim. of O. Fr. cruye (mod. Fr. cruche, cruchette, a jar), from root of crock.

Usage

In literature:

They'd mix about as well as a cruet of vinegar and a pail of lard.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
It's learning to be able to keep the stopper in the cruet till it's really wanted.
"Glyn Severn's Schooldays" by George Manville Fenn
The exquisite oil-cruet had no stopper.
"The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
Who let you out o' the cruet-stand?
"Life in the Red Brigade" by R.M. Ballantyne
What do you say to that cruet-stand?
"Salthaven" by W. W. Jacobs
There are also two cut-glass cruets, said to be of the fifteenth century.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury" by H. J. L. J. Massé
All these things were enchanted: the lamp and the oil-cruet.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
What's more, I'm only a little silver pepper-castor, an insignificant item in your cruet.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, July 29, 1914" by Various
The Mrs Widger that is, returned from the Dutch auction with an elaborate badly-plated cruet.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Two cruets, thirty-one ounces.
"Ravensdene Court" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
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In poetry:

Are the requisites all in the toilet?
The frills round the cutlets can wait
Till the girl has replenished the cruets
And switched on the logs in the grate.
"How To Get On In Society" by Sir John Betjeman
"Cooks need not be indulged in waste;
Yet still you'd better teach them
Dishes should have SOME SORT of taste.
Pray, why are all the cruets placed
Where nobody can reach them?
"Phantasmagoria Canto III ( Scarmoges )" by Lewis Carroll
and if some rude detective's hand
Should find beneath your cloak a roll
Of muslin, or a cruet-stand
That's labelled "Hotel Metropole,"
With kindly smile you hand them back,
A harmless Kleptomaniac!
"The Cat" by Harry Graham

In news:

Farm owner charged with animal cruetly.
Cruetly to animals, lack of empathy, love of the show "Mad About You" all of these things can be warning alarms that someone might end up with a family in their freezer.
Tilt the olive oil bottle or cruet over the greens in the salad bowl.
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