[ suh-loo-bree-uh s ]
/ səˈlu bri əs /


favorable to or promoting health; healthful: salubrious air.

Nearby words

  1. saltwater taffy,
  2. saltworks,
  3. saltwort,
  4. salty,
  5. salty dog,
  6. salubrity,
  7. salud,
  8. salugi,
  9. saluki,
  10. saluresis

Origin of salubrious

1540–50; < Latin salūbr(is) promoting health (akin to salūs health) + -ious

Related forms
Can be confusedsalubrious salutary (see synonym study at salutary) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unsalubrious

  • The reason why the river-courses in Ceylon are so unsalubrious, so fever-inducing, is easily explained.

    The Pearl of India|Maturin M. Ballou
  • I enquired as to how he happened to be in our unsalubrious avenue.

  • I have heard certain of our seniors grow quite pathetic over the abolition of those social, if unsalubrious, repasts.

    Border and Bastille|George A. Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for unsalubrious


/ (səˈluːbrɪəs) /


conducive or favourable to health; wholesome
Derived Formssalubriously, adverbsalubriousness or salubrity (səˈluːbrɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for salubrious

C16: from Latin salūbris, from salūs health

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Word Origin and History for unsalubrious



1540s, from Latin salubris "promoting health, healthful," from salus (genitive salutis) "welfare, health" (see salute (v.)). Related: Salubriously; salubriousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for unsalubrious


[ sə-lōōbrē-əs ]


Conducive or favorable to health or well-being.

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