- 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
Examples from the Web for salmagundi
I'm glad I didn't, though a lot of the Salmagundi men go over there and like it.Kenny
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.A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature
John W. Cousin
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."
- a mixed salad dish of cooked meats, eggs, beetroot, etc, popular in 18th-century England
- a miscellany; potpourri
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..