from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small glass bottle for holding a condiment, such as vinegar or oil.
- n. Ecclesiastical A small vessel for holy water or for water or wine used in the consecration of the Eucharist.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small bottle or container used to hold a condiment, such as salt, pepper, oil, or vinegar, for use at a dining table.
- n. A stand for these containers.
- n. A small vessel used to hold wine or water for the Eucharist.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bottle or vessel; esp., a vial or small glass bottle for holding vinegar, oil, pepper, or the like, for the table; a caster.
- n. A vessel used to hold wine, oil, or water for the service of the altar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
- n. Specifically Eccles., one of the two vessels holding respectively the wine and the water for the eucharist and for the ablutions of the mass.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. bottle that holds wine or oil or vinegar for the table
Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of crue, flask, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)