or salt·box

[ sawlt-boks ]
/ ˈsɔltˌbɒks /


a box in which salt is kept.
a type of house found especially in New England, generally two full stories high in front and one story high in back, the roof having about the same pitch in both directions so that the ridge is well toward the front of the house.

Nearby words

  1. salt tree,
  2. salt wasting,
  3. salt water,
  4. salt well,
  5. salt-and-pepper,
  6. salt-cellar,
  7. salt-losing nephritis,
  8. salt-marsh caterpillar,
  9. salt-rising bread,
  10. salta

Origin of salt-box

First recorded in 1605–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for saltbox


/ (ˈsɔːltˌbɒks) /


a box for salt with a sloping lid
US a house that has two storeys in front and one storey at the back, with a gable roof that extends downwards over the rear
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Word Origin and History for saltbox



also saltbox, "receptacle for keeping salt for domestic use," 1610s, from salt (n.) + box (n.). As a type of frame house, 1876, so called from resemblance of shape.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper