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saltcellar

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

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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Examples from the Web for saltcellar

Historical Examples

  • Set the saltcellar on your lords right, and trenchers on the left of it.

    Early English Meals and Manners

    Various

  • There is a saltcellar of state, so called, and there may be a castor of state.

  • The user was expected to sprinkle the liquid over the fire just as salt is sprinkled from a saltcellar over meat.

  • Saltcellar, sawlt′sel-ar, n. a small table vessel for holding salt.


British Dictionary definitions for saltcellar

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

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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