- 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.