salt cellar


a shaker or dish for salt.

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 Unabridged
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saltcellar (ˈsɔːltˌsɛlə)
1.  a small container for salt used at the table
2.  informal (Brit) either of the two hollows formed above the collarbones of very slim people
[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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Main Entry:  salt cellar
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  an open container for salt on a dining table
Example:  Fancier restaurants have salt cellars rather than salt shakers.
Etymology:  1434; fr Anglo-Norman saler 'salt cellar''s 21st Century Lexicon
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1434, from salt + Anglo-Norm. *saler "saltcellar" (14c.), from O.Fr. salier "salt box," from L. salarium, from a dim. of L. sal "salt." As the connection between *saler and "salt" was lost, salt- was tacked on to the beginning; second element altered on model of cellar.
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