salt-and-pep·​per ˈsȯlt-ən(d)-ˈpe-pər How to pronounce salt-and-pepper (audio)
: having black-and-white or dark and light color intermingled in small flecks
a salt-and-pepper suit
a salt-and-pepper beard

Examples of salt-and-pepper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Folks who crave the menu at the previous Quinn’s need not worry, as the kitchen is making clam chowder from scratch and frying fish and chips, popcorn shrimp, chicken wings and salt-and-pepper calamari. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 1 Apr. 2024 His salt-and-pepper take is inspired by Chinese calamari, and the lemon myrtle salt is a traditional Australian spice. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 16 Jan. 2024 His salt-and-pepper beard also appears to be shorter. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2024 Silverstein, with a salt-and-pepper beard and wearing a hoodie, stood apart from the action, with both hands shoved inside his pockets. André Wheeler, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 Charlotte Rampling, 78, paired her salt-and-pepper crop with an androgynous suit, while Charlotte Gainsbourg, 52, offered a lesson in how to do the shag cut with straight hair. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 1 Mar. 2024 Journey to the Dumpling With two locations in the Sacramento region, Journey to the Dumpling offers customers a selection of Chinese cuisine, including salt-and-pepper spare ribs, chili wontons and xiaolongbao. Angela Rodriguez, Sacramento Bee, 24 Feb. 2024 There's no winking and nodding to the audience, no joking around, no historic interviews with salt-and-pepper veterans to humanize the cast. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, 29 Jan. 2024 However, dishes like salt-and-pepper calamari and laksa — a Malaysian spicy coconut noodle soup — are commonly found in pubs throughout the country. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 16 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of salt-and-pepper was in 1835

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“Salt-and-pepper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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: having dark and light color intermingled in small flecks
a salt-and-pepper beard
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