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[sal-uh d] /ˈsæl əd/
a usually cold dish consisting of vegetables, as lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers, covered with a dressing and sometimes containing seafood, meat, or eggs.
any of various dishes consisting of foods, as meat, seafood, eggs, pasta, or fruit, prepared singly or combined, usually cut up, mixed with a dressing, and served cold:
chicken salad; potato salad.
any herb or green vegetable, as lettuce, used for salads or eaten raw.
South Midland and Southern U.S. greens (def 22b).
any mixture or assortment:
The usual salad of writers, artists, and musicians attended the party.
Origin of salad
1350-1400; Middle English salad(e) < Middle French salade < Old Provençal salada < Vulgar Latin *salāta, feminine past participle of *salāre to salt, equivalent to sal-, stem of sāl salt1 + -āta -ate1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for salad
  • She at once made herself a salad of it, and ate it with much relish.
  • The salad fork, which will usually be the third used, is thus laid nearest to the plate.
  • salad greens, strawberries, and sunflowers grow nearby.
  • Putting disposable razors head down in a bit of salad oil gives twice or even three times as many shaves per razor.
  • The room is full of jellyfish tanks ranging in size from salad bowls to wading pools.
  • Even a green salad was a rarity outside of the big cities there.
  • Only eat at restaurants that have a high variety salad bar and serve sea salt as a flavor enhancer.
  • Have some raw broccoli in your salad at lunch, have some steamed broccoli as part of your dinner.
  • Serve with fresh, white peasant bread, mashed potatoes and the sauerkraut salad.
  • The huge ape, unperturbed, pauses for a look down and then grabs another handful from his salad bowl environment.
British Dictionary definitions for salad


a dish of raw vegetables, such as lettuce, tomatoes, etc, served as a separate course with cold meat, eggs, etc, or as part of a main course
any dish of cold vegetables or fruit: potato salad, fruit salad
any green vegetable used in such a dish, esp lettuce
Word Origin
C15: from Old French salade, from Old Provençal salada, from salar to season with salt, from Latin sal salt
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Word Origin and History for salad

late 14c., from Old French salade (14c.), from Vulgar Latin *salata, literally "salted," short for herba salata "salted vegetables" (vegetables seasoned with brine, a popular Roman dish), from fem. past participle of *salare "to salt," from Latin sal (genitive salis) "salt" (see salt (n.)).

Dutch salade, German Salat, Swedish salat, Russian salat are from Romanic languages. Salad days, "time of youthful inexperience" (perhaps on notion of "green") is first recorded 1606 in Shakespeare and probably owes its survival, if not its existence, to him. Salad bar first attested 1940, American English.

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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