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

Origin of salver

1655–65; <Spanish salv(a) kind of tray (originally protective foretasting, derivative of salvar to save <Latin salvāre) + -er1

Words Nearby salver Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use salver in a sentence

  • But a knock at the door interrupted them; the discreet Capt entered, bearing a telegram upon a salver.

  • Walter was handing Enid the cake when the butler entered, bearing a telegram upon a silver salver, which he handed to Sir Hugh.

    The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
  • The light of the most tranquil candle Would shudder on a bloody salver.

  • Three minutes later the plain note-paper and envelopes were being presented to Edward Henry on a salver.

    The Regent | E. Arnold Bennett
  • In the hall a framed certificate praising the drains, the bust of Hermes, and a carved teak monkey holding out a salver.

    The Longest Journey | E. M. Forster

British Dictionary definitions for salver


/ (ˈsælvə) /

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

Origin of 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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