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  1. a tray, especially one used for serving food or beverages.
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Origin of salver

1655–65; < Spanish salv(a) kind of tray (orig. protective foretasting, derivative of salvar to save < Latin salvāre) + -er1
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Related Words for salver

dish, disk, tray, disc, plate, servant, attendant, steward, waitress, container, cup, pot, bowl, platter, record, trencher, salver, charger, board, coaster

Examples from the Web for salver

Historical Examples of salver

  • Immediately a large goblet of it was brought to him, on a salver.

    The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete

    Duc de Saint-Simon

  • He took the glass that Mullins proffered on a salver, sipped from it, and set it down.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • She gave a little nervous shriek, and caught it from his salver.

    The Coast of Bohemia

    William Dean Howells

  • Mrs. Hudson had appeared with a lady's card upon her salver.

  • "There is one more, ma'am—the upper housemaid's," he said, handing them on a salver.

    The Green Carnation

    Robert Smythe Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for salver


  1. a tray, esp one of silver, on which food, letters, visiting cards, etc, are presented
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Word Origin for salver

C17: from French salve, from Spanish salva tray from which the king's taster sampled food, from Latin salvāre to save 1
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Word Origin and History for salver


1660s, "tray," formed in English on the model of platter, etc., from French salve "tray used for presenting objects to the king" (17c.), from Spanish salva "a testing of food or drink" to test for poison (a procedure known as pre-gustation), hence "tray on which food was placed to show it was safe to eat," from salvar "to save, render safe," from Late Latin salvare (see save (v.)).

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