What does saucer mean?

Definitions for saucer
ˈsɔ sərsaucer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disk, disc, saucernoun

    something with a round shape resembling a flat circular plate

    "the moon's disk hung in a cloudless sky"

  2. saucernoun

    a small shallow dish for holding a cup at the table

  3. dish, dish aerial, dish antenna, saucernoun

    directional antenna consisting of a parabolic reflector for microwave or radio frequency radiation

  4. discus, saucernoun

    a disk used in throwing competitions


  1. saucernoun

    A small shallow dish to hold a cup and catch drips.

  2. saucernoun

    An object round and gently curved (shaped like a saucer).

    The saucer shaped object could have been a UFO, but actually it was a balloon.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Saucernoun

    Etymology: sauciere, Fr. from sauce.

    Infuse a pugil of new violets seven times, and it shall make the vinegar so fresh of the flower, as, if brought in a saucer, you shall smell it before it come at you. Francis Bacon.

    Some have mistaken blocks and posts
    For spectres, apparitions, ghosts,
    With saucer eyes and horns. Hudibras.


  1. Saucer

    A saucer is a type of small dishware. While in the Middle Ages a saucer was used for serving condiments and sauces, currently the term is used to denote a small plate or shallow bowl that supports a cup – usually one used to serve coffee or tea.


  1. saucer

    A saucer is a small, shallow, usually round dish often made of porcelain or ceramic, designed to hold a cup or to serve as a dish for holding condiments, sauces, or appetizers. It is commonly used as a part of a traditional tea or coffee set.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Saucernoun

    a small pan or vessel in which sauce was set on a table

  2. Saucernoun

    a small dish, commonly deeper than a plate, in which a cup is set at table

  3. Saucernoun

    something resembling a saucer in shape

  4. Saucernoun

    a flat, shallow caisson for raising sunken ships

  5. Saucernoun

    a shallow socket for the pivot of a capstan

  6. Etymology: [F. saucire, from sauce. See Sauce.]


  1. Saucer

    A saucer is a type of small dishware. While in the Middle Ages a saucer was used for serving condiments and sauces, currently the term is used to denote a small plate or shallow bowl that supports a cup – usually one used to serve coffee or tea. The center of the saucer often contains a depression sized to fit a mating cup; this depression is sometimes raised, and antique saucers may omit it altogether. The saucer is useful for protecting surfaces from possible damage due to the heat of a cup, and to catch overflow, splashes, and drips from the cup, thus protecting both table linen and the user sitting in a free-standing chair who holds both cup and saucer. The saucer also provides a convenient place for a damp spoon, as might be used to stir the drink in the cup in order to mix sweeteners or creamers into tea or coffee. Some animals, including cats, may also be fed from bowl-shaped saucers, and the same were likewise used to hold a quantity of hot beverage poured into them from the cup to cool. Although often part of a place setting in a dinner set, teacups with unique styling are often sold with matching saucers, sometimes alone, or as part of a tea set, including a teapot and small dessert plates. A set of four is typical for a tea set. Some people also drink their tea out of saucers to cool it down.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Saucer

    saw′sėr, n. the shallow platter for a tea or coffee cup: anything resembling a saucer, as a socket of iron for the pivot of a capstan: (orig.) a small vessel to hold sauce.—adj. Sau′cer-eyed, having large round eyes. [O. Fr. saussiere—Low L. salsarium—L. salsa, sauce.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. saucer

    A socket of iron let into a wooden stock or standard, called the step, resting upon, and bolted to, the beams. Its use is to receive the spindle or foot on which the capstan rests and turns round.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Saucer is ranked #53538 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Saucer surname appeared 386 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Saucer.

    63.4% or 245 total occurrences were White.
    34.2% or 132 total occurrences were Black.
    1.5% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  2. cesura

  3. causer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of saucer in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of saucer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of saucer in a Sentence

  1. Mayumi Heene:

    My other son said that Falcon was at the bottom of the flying saucer.

  2. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Entering a cell, penetrating deep as a flying saucer to find a new galaxy would be an honorable task for a new scientist interested more in the inner state of the soul than in outer space.

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