salt·​shak·​er | \ ˈsȯlt-ˌshā-kər How to pronounce saltshaker (audio) \

Definition of saltshaker

: a container with a perforated top for sprinkling salt

Examples of saltshaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jack would mock-sing into a saltshaker when good music came on in the nursing home dining room. Longreads, "On Vanishing," 14 Apr. 2020 Never mind that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis regularly dined at the counter of Burger Heaven on East 53rd Street with her son, John F. Kennedy Jr., who played soldiers with the ranks of ketchup bottles, saltshakers and sugar canisters. New York Times, "Everybody Goes to Burger Heaven," 25 Feb. 2020 The brand's signature Tiffany blue is a motif throughout the space — armchairs, wall hangings, and even the saltshakers are bedecked with the signature robin's egg shade. Becca Endicott, ELLE Decor, "Have Breakfast At Tiffany's Gorgeous New Blue Box Café," 9 Nov. 2017 Customers station themselves at the table, the windowsill or a low shelf, each set with a saltshaker and an enormous bottle of Valentina hot sauce, which brings good cling, upfront heat and a citrus coda. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Shrimp Cocktail With a Jumbo Jolt, at La Esquina in Queens," 4 May 2017 A panel of justices from the Appellate Division’s First Department wrote that the saltshaker warnings provide information but don’t restrict what consumers can buy. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Appeals Court Upholds NYC’s Salt Warnings for Menus," 10 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of saltshaker

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Saltshaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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