saucer

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
  1. noun
    a small shallow dish for holding a cup at the table
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    type of:
    flatware
    tableware that is relatively flat and fashioned as a single piece
  2. noun
    something with a round shape resembling a flat circular plate
    synonyms: disc, disk
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    types:
    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
  3. noun
    a disk used in throwing competitions
    synonyms: discus
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    type of:
    disc, disk
    a flat circular plate
    sports equipment
    equipment needed to participate in a particular sport
  4. noun
    directional antenna consisting of a parabolic reflector for microwave or radio frequency radiation
    synonyms: dish, dish aerial, dish antenna
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    types:
    scanner
    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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