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

1655–65; < Spanish salv(a) kind of tray (orig. protective foretasting, derivative of salvar to save < Latin salvāre) + -er1 Unabridged
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salver (ˈsælvə)
a tray, esp one of silver, on which food, letters, visiting cards, etc, are presented
[C17: from French salve, from Spanish salva tray from which the king's taster sampled food, from Latin salvāre to save1]

salvor or salver (ˈsælvə)
a person instrumental in salvaging a vessel or its cargo
[C17: from salvage + -or1]
salver or salver
[C17: from salvage + -or1]

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Word Origin & History

1661, "tray," formed in Eng. on the model of platter, etc., from Fr. salve "tray used for presenting objects to the king," from Sp. salva "a testing of food or drink" to test for poison (a procedure known as pre-gustation), hence "tray on which food was placed to show it was safe to eat," from salvar
"to save, render safe," from L.L. salvare (see save).
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Example sentences
They shouted and laughed and stopped for drinks, when a maid brought out two tankards on a salver.
However, silver pieces such as the salver pictured here and dating from about that time have survived.
Lime softening followed by chemical clarification and filtration will also remove salver.
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