[pep-er-uh n-sawlt]


composed of a fine mixture of black with white: pepper-and-salt hair.


an apparel fabric having a pepper-and-salt effect.
the harbinger-of-spring.

Origin of pepper-and-salt

First recorded in 1765–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pepper-and-salt

Historical Examples of pepper-and-salt

  • Pepper-and-salt—A black and white or grayish mixture, effected in weaving.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • His suit was pepper-and-salt, and he was just like his suit.

  • Of course,” said the man, in pepper-and-salt; “who but a pig jobber could have business at Llanfair?

    Wild Wales

    George Borrow

  • Lost the one that came with the pepper-and-salt suit you're wearing?

    Average Jones

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • Maybe that pepper-and-salt pair you said you'd have to give to Jeff.


    Dana Gatlin

British Dictionary definitions for pepper-and-salt



(of cloth) marked with a fine mixture of black and white
(of hair) streaked with grey
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