- a tray, especially one used for serving food or beverages.
Origin of salver
Examples from the Web for salver
Immediately a large goblet of it was brought to him, on a salver.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
He took the glass that Mullins proffered on a salver, sipped from it, and set it down.The Snare
She gave a little nervous shriek, and caught it from his salver.The Coast of Bohemia
William Dean Howells
Mrs. Hudson had appeared with a lady's card upon her salver.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
"There is one more, ma'am—the upper housemaid's," he said, handing them on a salver.The Green Carnation
Robert Smythe Hichens
- a tray, esp one of silver, on which food, letters, visiting cards, etc, are presented
Word Origin and History for salver
1660s, "tray," formed in English on the model of platter, etc., from French salve "tray used for presenting objects to the king" (17c.), from Spanish salva "a testing of food or drink" to test for poison (a procedure known as pre-gustation), hence "tray on which food was placed to show it was safe to eat," from salvar "to save, render safe," from Late Latin salvare (see save (v.)).