A saucer is a small, rounded dish that sits beneath a tea or coffee cup. Other kinds of saucers include objects with a similar round shape — like a flying saucer.

Saucers that live under cups are useful for catching drips from and protecting the table. Many mugs and cups come without saucers, but the cups in a traditional tea service have matching saucers, and coffee cups at a restaurant or cafe are also frequently served with saucers. Objects with a similar round shape can also be called saucers, including flying saucers and saucer-shaped TV antennas. The very earliest saucers were small sauce dishes, and the word stems from the Latin salsus, or "sauce."

Definitions of saucer

n a small shallow dish for holding a cup at the table

Type of:
tableware that is relatively flat and fashioned as a single piece

n something with a round shape resembling a flat circular plate

disc, disk
intervertebral disc, intervertebral disk
a fibrocartilaginous disc serving as a cushion between all of the vertebrae of the spinal column (except between the first two)
dot, point
a very small circular shape
Type of:
round shape
a shape that is curved and without sharp angles

n a disk used in throwing competitions

Type of:
disc, disk
a flat circular plate
sports equipment
equipment needed to participate in a particular sport

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

dish, dish aerial, dish antenna
a radar dish that rotates or oscillates in order to scan a broad area
Type of:
directional antenna
an antenna that transmits or receives signals only in a narrow angle

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