salt cellar

salt cellar
'salt .cellar
n BrE
[Date: 1400-1500; Origin: cellar from Old French salliere, from Latin salarium, from sal 'salt']
a small container for salt
American Equivalent: salt shaker

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  • salt cellar — UK US noun [countable] [singular salt cellar plural salt cellars] british a small container with a lid that has holes in it, used for pouring salt on food Thesaurus: crockery used for serving and pouring food and drinks …   Useful english dictionary

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  • salt cellar — salt cellars N COUNT A salt cellar is a small container for salt with a hole or holes in the top for shaking salt onto food. [BRIT] (in AM, use salt shaker) …   English dictionary

  • Salt cellar — A salt cellar is a bowl, usually small, for holding salt. The use of salt cellars continued through the 1940s, but has been in decline since and been gradually replaced with salt shakers. The exterior surfaces of modern cellars are frequently… …   Wikipedia

  • salt cellar — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms salt cellar : singular salt cellar plural salt cellars British a small container with a lid that has holes in it, used for pouring salt on food …   English dictionary

  • salt cellar — salt holder, vessel for serving salt …   English contemporary dictionary

  • salt cellar — noun a dish or container for storing salt, typically a closed container with perforations in the lid for sprinkling. Origin ME: from salt + obs. saler, from OFr. salier salt box , from L. salarium (see salary); the change in spelling of the… …   English new terms dictionary

  • salt-cellar — n. 1 a vessel holding salt for table use. 2 colloq. an unusually deep hollow above the collar bone, esp. found in women. Etymology: SALT + obs. saler f. AF f. OF salier salt box f. L (as SALARY), assim. to CELLAR …   Useful english dictionary

  • salt cellar — noun a) A small open container holding salt for use in the kitchen or on a dining table b) A salt shaker …   Wiktionary

  • salt cellar — noun (C) BrE a small container for salt; salt shaker AmE …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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