a mixed dish consisting usually of cubed poultry or fish, chopped meat, anchovies, eggs, onions, oil, etc., often served as a salad.
any mixture or miscellany.

Origin of salmagundi

1665–75; < Middle French salmingondin (later salmigondis), compound based on salemine salted food (see salami) and condir to season (see condiment) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for salmagundi

mixture, hash, salad, hodgepodge, medley, jumble, assortment, mishmash, potpourri

Examples from the Web for salmagundi

Historical Examples of salmagundi

  • I'm glad I didn't, though a lot of the Salmagundi men go over there and like it.


    Leona Dalrymple

  • This is very simple jesting, but at that time it was very effective in a town that enjoyed the high spirits of Salmagundi.

    Literary and Social Essays

    George William Curtis

  • He became a friend of W. Irving, and was part author with him of Salmagundi—a continuation of which by himself proved a failure.

  • They had caviare now, and salmagundi, and sausage and cheese, besides salad and fruit and biscuit and cake.

    Hans Brinker

    Mary Mapes Dodge

  • In 1820 Salmagundi says that "one of the editors of the Port Folio was discharged—for writing common-sense."

British Dictionary definitions for salmagundi




a mixed salad dish of cooked meats, eggs, beetroot, etc, popular in 18th-century England
a miscellany; potpourri

Word Origin for salmagundi

C17: from French salmigondis, perhaps from Italian salami conditi pickled salami
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Word Origin and History for salmagundi

1670s, from French salmigondis (16c.), originally "seasoned salt meats" (cf. French salmis "salted meats"), from Middle French salmigondin (16c.), of uncertain origin; Watkins derives it from Latin sal "salt" + condire "to season, flavor." Probably related to or influenced by Old French salemine "hodgepodge of meats or fish cooked in wine," which was borrowed in Middle English as salomene (early 14c.). Figurative sense of "mixture of various ingredients" is from 1761; it was the title of Washington Irving's satirical publication (1807-08). In dialect, salmon-gundy, solomon-gundy..

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