salt·​cel·​lar | \ ˈsȯlt-ˌse-lər How to pronounce saltcellar (audio) \

Definition of saltcellar

: a small container for holding salt at the table

Examples of saltcellar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spanning more than a millennium, the collection includes everything from Cellini’s celebrated saltcellar to automans. Smithsonian, "* * *," 14 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of saltcellar

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saltcellar

Middle English salt saler, from salt + saler saltcellar, from Anglo-French, from Latin salarius of salt — more at salary

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“Saltcellar.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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