- a shaker or dish for salt.
Origin of saltcellar
Examples from the Web for salt-cellar
Nalboon turned to Seaton, plainly asking for the salt-cellar.The Skylark of Space
Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
Dont dip your meat in the salt-cellar, or put your knife in your mouth.
I have begged to be allowed to pour out my own glass of beer and to reach my own salt-cellar.A Sheaf of Corn
Mary E. Mann
The second part of salt-cellar is not the same word as in wine-cellar.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
This salt-cellar acted as a barometer, not for weather, but for rank.A Forgotten Hero
Emily Sarah Holt
- a small container for salt used at the table
- British informal either of the two hollows formed above the collarbones of very slim people
Word Origin and History for salt-cellar
mid-15c., from salt (n.) + saler "salt-cellar" (14c.), from Old French salier "salt box" (Modern French salière), from Latin salarium, noun use of adjective meaning "pertaining to salt," from a diminutive of Latin sal "salt." As the connection between *saler and "salt" was lost, salt- was tacked on to the beginning; second element altered on model of cellar.