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saltcellar

[sawlt-sel-er] /ˈsɔltˌsɛl ər/
noun
1.
a shaker or dish for salt.
Origin of saltcellar
late Middle English
1400-1450
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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British Dictionary definitions for salt cellar

saltcellar

/ˈsɔːltˌsɛlə/
noun
1.
a small container for salt used at the table
2.
(Brit, informal) either of the two hollows formed above the collarbones of very slim people
Word Origin
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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Contemporary definitions for salt cellar
noun

an open container for salt on a dining table

Examples

Fancier restaurants have salt cellars rather than salt shakers.

Word Origin

1434; fr Anglo-Norman saler 'salt cellar'

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