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noun British.
  1. a dealer in dry chemicals and dyes.
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Origin of drysalter

First recorded in 1700–10; dry + salter
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Examples from the Web for drysalter

Historical Examples

  • I have never forgotten that my grandfather, on the mother's side, was a drysalter.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)

    Charles James Lever

  • The original of this character sketch was probably Thomas Hill, the drysalter, whom Lamb knew well.

  • He was a most respectable man—a drysalter from nine to four, and a Presbyterian in his leisure moments.

  • I may say that I had not during my absence from the town encountered my friend, the drysalter.

    Adventures and Recollections

    Bill o'th' Hoylus End

  • Colonel Goffe had been apprentice to a drysalter; Major-general Whalley had been apprentice to a draper.

British Dictionary definitions for drysalter


  1. obsolete a dealer in certain chemical products, such as dyestuffs and gums, and in dried, tinned, or salted foods and edible oils
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