salt·​box | \ ˈsȯlt-ˌbäks How to pronounce saltbox (audio) \

Definition of saltbox

: a frame dwelling with two stories in front and one behind and a roof with a long rear slope

Illustration of saltbox

Illustration of saltbox

Examples of saltbox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the understated house was more New England saltbox than brutalist concrete fantasy. Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2021 Fortunately, many saltbox houses are still standing today. Elizabeth Sweet, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Apr. 2020 Its towns make good postcards, with saltbox houses meandering outward from a central green and a white clapboard church. The Economist, 8 Feb. 2020 Photo: Boston Globe/Getty Images Architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen designed the shingled Cape Cod saltbox-style main house and a two-story guesthouse, which were completed in 1981. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 27 June 2019 Lindheimer House: Make advance reservations to visit here, an 1845 saltbox cottage built with adobe brick and traditional German fachwerk. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, 11 June 2018 The saltbox-style house, built in 1906 on 1,020 acres, has three bedrooms, one bath and 2,452 square feet ($2,936 a square foot). Janet Eastman,, 12 June 2018 Consisting of two saltbox houses and four outbuildings overlooking the rest of Salvage, its harbor, and the rugged coastline that surrounds it, the Pickersgill Premises is an official Registered Property of Newfoundland and Labrador. Elizabeth Finkelstein, Country Living, 30 Mar. 2018 Although the three cottages look like 18th-century saltboxes, while renovating them Romualdez found newspapers from the 1930s used as insulation, as well as a photograph from that time showing the three structures attached to the windmill. Bob Colacello, Vanities, 2 Aug. 2017 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'saltbox.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of saltbox

1876, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About saltbox

Time Traveler for saltbox

Time Traveler

The first known use of saltbox was in 1876

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near saltbox

salt away



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for saltbox

Cite this Entry

“Saltbox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on saltbox

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for saltbox Encyclopedia article about saltbox


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!