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saltcellar

[sawlt-sel-er]
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noun
  1. a shaker or dish for salt.
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Origin of saltcellar

1400–50; salt1 + cellar, for earlier saler saltcellar, late Middle English < Old French saliere < Latin salāria, noun use of feminine of salārius (adj.) pertaining to salt, equivalent to sal salt1 + -ārius -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for salt cellar

saltcellar

noun
  1. a small container for salt used at the table
  2. British informal either of the two hollows formed above the collarbones of very slim people
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Word Origin

changed (through influence of cellar) from C15 salt saler; saler from Old French saliere container for salt, from Latin salārius belonging to salt, from sal salt
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