- The definition of a cresset is a metal cup on a pole that holds oil for burning and is used as a torch.
An example of a cresset is an outdoor lighting fixture.
cresset definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French craisset ; from craisse: see grease
cresset definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, alteration of croisuel, probably from Vulgar Latin *croceolus, small lamp.