saucer n.

= flying saucer n.

  • [1878 Denison (Texas) Daily News 25 Jan. in C. Lorenzen & J. Lorenzen UFOs (1969) i. 10

    When directly over him it [sc. a flying object] was about the size of a large saucer and was evidently at a great height.]

  • 1947 Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.) 5 July 1/4

    Describing what they saw as flat, translucent plates 12 to 15 inches in diameter, several Port Huron, Mich., residents reported seeing the β€˜saucers’.

  • 1969 M. Z. Bradley Brass Dragon (1980) viii. 144 Marion Zimmer Bradley bibliography

    Nothing would have been easier for them than to cut me down when they finished questioning, or simply to cut our saucer adrift, first dismantling the drives, so that we died in space.

  • 1989 D. Dvorkin & D. Dvorkin Star Trek: Next Generation: Captains' Honor viii. 157 David Dvorkin Daniel Dvorkin bibliography

    As soon as that area rotated back into view, photon torpedoes flashed out from beneath the Centurion ’s saucer and into the area of weakened M'dok deflector shields.

  • 1995 C. Carter Truth is out There: Official Guide to The X Files The Episodes: Season 1 138 Chris Carter

    In Reagan, Tennessee, a truck driver loses power, saying he saw a saucer and lights.

  • 2014 S. Coonts Saucer: Savage Planet i. 3 Stephen Coonts bibliography

    Once again, Charley Pine had saved the day when she chased the Roswell saucer and it crashed into the ocean as millions watched on TV.

Research requirements

antedating 1947

Research History
There is an 1878 Denison (Texas) Daily News report cited in a 1969 source that refers to a flying object as a saucer. However, the 1947 cite is the earliest direct usage known.

Last modified 2021-02-06 05:20:02
In the compilation of some entries, HDSF has drawn extensively on corresponding entries in OED.