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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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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • This salt-cellar acted as a barometer, not for weather, but for rank.

    A Forgotten Hero

    Emily Sarah Holt


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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Word Origin and History for salt-cellar

n.

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.

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