Definition of smelling salts

: a usually scented aromatic preparation of ammonium carbonate and ammonia water used as a stimulant and restorative

Examples of smelling salts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her all-male team and coaches congratulated her afterwards with fist-pumps and even smelling salts, which Fuller thanked them for via Instagram. Laura Furr Mericas, Chron, "Sarah Fuller has probably scored more points in Power Five football than you have," 13 Dec. 2020 Over the next three years, the Odeuropa team will collect data on scents as varied as rosemary sprigs, smelling salts, incense and motor oil. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Are Recreating Europe’s Centuries-Old Scents," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of smelling salts

1837, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of smelling salts was in 1837

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16 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Smelling salts.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smelling%20salts. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for smelling salts

smelling salts

noun

English Language Learners Definition of smelling salts

: a chemical that has a strong smell and that is used to wake people up after they faint

smelling salts

noun plural but singular or plural in construction

Medical Definition of smelling salts

: a usually scented aromatic preparation of ammonium carbonate and ammonia water used as a stimulant and restorative

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