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[sal-uh d] /ˈsæl əd/
a usually cold dish consisting of vegetables, as lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers, covered with a dressing and sometimes containing seafood, meat, or eggs.
any of various dishes consisting of foods, as meat, seafood, eggs, pasta, or fruit, prepared singly or combined, usually cut up, mixed with a dressing, and served cold:
chicken salad; potato salad.
any herb or green vegetable, as lettuce, used for salads or eaten raw.
South Midland and Southern U.S. greens (def 22b).
any mixture or assortment:
The usual salad of writers, artists, and musicians attended the party.
Origin of salad
1350-1400; Middle English salad(e) < Middle French salade < Old Provençal salada < Vulgar Latin *salāta, feminine past participle of *salāre to salt, equivalent to sal-, stem of sāl salt1 + -āta -ate1 Unabridged
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  • Love, Music, and salad are the three biggest things in life.

    Faces in the Fire Frank W. Boreham
  • She was simply grateful that her salad was so good, and glad that the others liked it.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • A steaming plate of spaghetti a la Italien was before him, to his left a large bowl of salad, to his right a bottle of red wine.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • A serious-minded maid served them with salad and thin bread-and-butter.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • Before mixing the salad all together add a tablespoonful of tarragon vinegar or lemon-juice.

British Dictionary definitions for salad


a dish of raw vegetables, such as lettuce, tomatoes, etc, served as a separate course with cold meat, eggs, etc, or as part of a main course
any dish of cold vegetables or fruit: potato salad, fruit salad
any green vegetable used in such a dish, esp lettuce
Word Origin
C15: from Old French salade, from Old Provençal salada, from salar to season with salt, from Latin sal salt
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Word Origin and History for salad

late 14c., from Old French salade (14c.), from Vulgar Latin *salata, literally "salted," short for herba salata "salted vegetables" (vegetables seasoned with brine, a popular Roman dish), from fem. past participle of *salare "to salt," from Latin sal (genitive salis) "salt" (see salt (n.)).

Dutch salade, German Salat, Swedish salat, Russian salat are from Romanic languages. Salad days, "time of youthful inexperience" (perhaps on notion of "green") is first recorded 1606 in Shakespeare and probably owes its survival, if not its existence, to him. Salad bar first attested 1940, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fruit salad

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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