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[sal-ver] /ˈsæl vər/
a tray, especially one used for serving food or beverages.
Origin of salver
1655-65; < Spanish salv(a) kind of tray (orig. protective foretasting, derivative of salvar to save < Latin salvāre) + -er1 Unabridged
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  • At that moment a servant came into the room with a salver in her hand, and on the salver lay a yellow telegraph envelope.

    Friendship and Folly Maria Louise Pool
  • There were cards and envelopes upon the salver in the hall, but not one from Mildred.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • When I opened my eyes he presented a card on a salver, and explained that the gentleman wanted to see me.

    Mr. Isaacs F. Marion Crawford
  • They went to Mayor Phelan demanding Williamson's head on a salver.

  • Presently a page stepped up to her with a letter on a salver.

    The Upas Tree Florence L. Barclay
  • On the salver lay some verses composed and printed in the hero's honor.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Tuppence took it from the salver, and tore it open carelessly.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • But instead of announcing the carriage the servant held out a salver.

    The Convert Elizabeth Robins
  • A salver, mounted in a table with ormolu ornaments, sold for 81 guineas; the companion piece for 100.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
  • Immediately a large goblet of it was brought to him, on a salver.

British Dictionary definitions for salver


a tray, esp one of silver, on which food, letters, visiting cards, etc, are presented
Word Origin
C17: from French salve, from Spanish salva tray from which the king's taster sampled food, from Latin salvāre to save1
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Word Origin and History for salver

1660s, "tray," formed in English on the model of platter, etc., from French salve "tray used for presenting objects to the king" (17c.), from Spanish 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 Late Latin salvare (see save (v.)).

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