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[pep-er-uh n-sawlt] /ˈpɛp ər ənˈsɔlt/
composed of a fine mixture of black with white:
pepper-and-salt hair.
an apparel fabric having a pepper-and-salt effect.
the harbinger-of-spring.
Origin of pepper-and-salt
First recorded in 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • pepper-and-salt—A black and white or grayish mixture, effected in weaving.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • His suit was pepper-and-salt, and he was just like his suit.

  • Of course,” said the man, in pepper-and-salt; “who but a pig jobber could have business at Llanfair?

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • Lost the one that came with the pepper-and-salt suit you're wearing?

    Average Jones Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Maybe that pepper-and-salt pair you said you'd have to give to Jeff.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • Of course,” said the man in pepper-and-salt; “who but a pig-jobber could have business at Llanfair?

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • How could a man in a three-button, pepper-and-salt cut-away understand?

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • We haven't got a pepper-and-salt teacher in school, have we?

  • Behold him in pepper-and-salt pantaloons, with his watch-guard round his neck.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • pepper-and-salt first, and oh, what a goodly tail was there!

    Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities Robert Smith Surtees
British Dictionary definitions for pepper-and-salt


(of cloth) marked with a fine mixture of black and white
(of hair) streaked with grey
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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