saltcellar

[sawlt-sel-er]

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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saltcellar

noun
  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

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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