salt·​shak·​er ˈsȯlt-ˌshā-kər How to pronounce saltshaker (audio)
: a container with a perforated top for sprinkling salt

Examples of saltshaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The biggest culprit, though, isn't the saltshaker. Susan Puckett, CNN, 3 Dec. 2021 When the experiment reaches frequencies of 10 GHz or so, the cavities would have to be quite small, about the size of saltshakers, Carosi says. Rachel Courtland, IEEE Spectrum, 1 May 2014 The first 100 customers each day will receive a coupon for a free menu item along with – Milo’s Bottled Sauce on Day 1, a Milo’s saltshaker on Day 2, and a Milo’s tumbler on Day 3. William Thornton |, al, 18 Jan. 2023 Cubic, granular, and very fine, this is your typical saltshaker stuff. Bon Appétit, 28 Sep. 2021 Among its exhibits are the stomach contents of a pica patient who swallowed 1,446 such objects, including saltshaker tops, thimbles and pins. Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2021 Alam slid a saltshaker back and forth between his hands. Matthew Shaer, New York Times, 2 Nov. 2020 Jack would mock-sing into a saltshaker when good music came on in the nursing home dining room. Longreads, 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, 25 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of saltshaker was in 1895

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“Saltshaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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salt·​shak·​er ˈsȯlt-ˌshā-kər How to pronounce saltshaker (audio)
: a container having a top with holes in it for sprinkling salt
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