Meaning of crystal receiver in English:

crystal receiver

Pronunciation /ˌkrɪstl rɪˈsiːvə/


  • 1A receiver of any kind (especially a vessel or container) that is made of crystal.

  • 2A radio receiving set employing a crystal detector. Now chiefly historical.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Henry (1734–1816), apothecary and chemist. From crystal + receiver.