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  1. a shaker or dish for salt.
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Origin of saltcellar

1400–50; salt1 + cellar, for earlier saler saltcellar, late Middle English < Old French saliere < Latin salāria, noun use of feminine of salārius (adj.) pertaining to salt, equivalent to sal salt1 + -ārius -ary
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Historical Examples of saltcellar

  • Set the saltcellar on your lords right, and trenchers on the left of it.

    Early English Meals and Manners


  • There is a saltcellar of state, so called, and there may be a castor of state.

  • The user was expected to sprinkle the liquid over the fire just as salt is sprinkled from a saltcellar over meat.

  • Saltcellar, sawlt′sel-ar, n. a small table vessel for holding salt.

British Dictionary definitions for saltcellar


  1. a small container for salt used at the table
  2. British informal either of the two hollows formed above the collarbones of very slim people
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Word Origin for saltcellar

changed (through influence of cellar) from C15 salt saler; saler from Old French saliere container for salt, from Latin salārius belonging to salt, from sal salt
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