Definition of salt cellar noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    salt cellar

    BrE BrE//ˈsɔːlt selə(r)//
    , BrE//ˈsɒlt selə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɔːlt selər//
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  1. 1(British English) (North American English also salt shaker) a small container for salt, usually with one hole in the top, that is used at the table
  2. 2(North American English) a small open dish containing salt
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from salt + obsolete saler, from Old French salier ‘salt-box’, from Latin salarium, originally denoting a Roman soldier's allowance to buy salt, from sal ‘salt’. The change in spelling of the second word was due to association with cellar.
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