Saltcellar
Saltcellar Salt"cel*lar, n. [OE. saltsaler; salt + F. sali[`e]re saltcellar, from L. sal salt. See {Salt}, and cf. {Salary}.] Formerly a large vessel, now a small vessel of glass or other material, used for holding salt on the table. [1913 Webster]

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  • saltcellar — mid 15c., from SALT (Cf. 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • saltcellar — [sôlt′sel΄ər] n. [altered (infl. by CELLAR) < ME salt saler < salt, SALT + MFr salière, saltcellar < L sal, SALT] a small dish for salt at the table; also, a saltshaker …   English World dictionary

  • saltcellar — /sawlt sel euhr/, n. a shaker or dish for salt. [1400 50; SALT1 + CELLAR, for earlier saler saltcellar, late ME < OF saliere < L salaria, n. use of fem. of salarius (adj.) pertaining to salt, equiv. to sal SALT1 + arius ARY] * * * also called… …   Universalium

  • saltcellar — [15] Saltcellar is a tautology – for etymologically it means ‘saltcellar for salt’. Its second element has no connection with underground rooms. Its spelling merely disguises its origins, which are in Anglo Norman *saler ‘saltcellar’, a… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • saltcellar — [15] Saltcellar is a tautology – for etymologically it means ‘saltcellar for salt’. Its second element has no connection with underground rooms. Its spelling merely disguises its origins, which are in Anglo Norman *saler ‘saltcellar’, a… …   Word origins

  • saltcellar — noun Etymology: Middle English salt saler, from salt + saler saltcellar, from Anglo French, from Latin salarius of salt more at salary Date: 14th century a small container for holding salt at the table …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • saltcellar — salt•cel•lar [[t]ˈsɔltˌsɛl ər[/t]] n. a shaker or dish for salt • Etymology: 1400–50; by assimilation to cellar of earlier saler saltcellar, < AF; OF saliere < L salāria, der. of salārius (adj.) pertaining to salt; see salary …   From formal English to slang

  • saltcellar — /ˈsɒltsɛlə / (say soltseluh) noun 1. a shaker or vessel for salt. 2. Colloquial either of the hollows above the collarbone of thin people. {Middle English saltsaler, from salt + (now obsolete) saler saltcellar, from Old French saliere, from sel… …   Australian English dictionary

  • saltcellar — noun A box in which salt is kept, usually with a cover. Now generally replaced with a salt shaker. This word is largely archaic …   Wiktionary

  • Saltcellar — either one of the hollows above the collarbone of thin people …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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