- a shaker or dish for salt.
Origin of saltcellar
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Set the saltcellar on your lords right, and trenchers on the left of it.
There is a saltcellar of state, so called, and there may be a castor of state.Moby Dick; or The Whale
The user was expected to sprinkle the liquid over the fire just as salt is sprinkled from a saltcellar over meat.The Wonder Book of Knowledge
Saltcellar, sawlt′sel-ar, n. a small table vessel for holding salt.
- a small container for salt used at the table
- British informal either of the two hollows formed above the collarbones of very slim people
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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