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.
a metal container for burning oil, wood, etc., fastened as to a pole or wall and used as a torch or lantern
Origin of cressetMiddle English from Old French craisset from craisse: see grease
A metal cup, often suspended on a pole, containing burning oil or pitch and used as a torch.
Origin of cressetMiddle English from Old French alteration of croisuel probably from Vulgar Latin croceolus small lamp