sal·​ad ˈsa-ləd How to pronounce salad (audio)
: any of various usually cold dishes: such as
: raw greens (such as lettuce) often combined with other vegetables and toppings and served especially with dressing
: small pieces of food (such as pasta, meat, fruit, or vegetables) usually mixed with a dressing (such as mayonnaise) or set in gelatin
: a green vegetable or herb grown for salad
especially : lettuce
: a usually incongruous mixture : hodgepodge

Examples of salad in a Sentence

For dinner we had roast chicken and a salad. a salad of fresh greens I tossed the salad with some oil and vinegar and set it on the table. Would you like soup or salad with your sandwich?
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Word History


Middle English salat, salade, borrowed from Middle French salade "dish of seasoned greens and herbs," borrowed from a medieval Upper Italian predecessor of modern dialectal (Piedmont) salada, salatta (Tuscan insalata) from salar "to add salt to, salt" (going back to Vulgar Latin *salāre, re-formation of Latin salīre, sallīre "to salt, preserve with salt," derivative of sal-, sāl "salt") + -ata, -ada -ade — more at salt entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of salad was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Salad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


sal·​ad ˈsal-əd How to pronounce salad (audio)
: green vegetables (as lettuce) often with tomato, cucumber, or radish served with dressing
: a cold dish (as of meat, shellfish, fruit, or vegetables) usually prepared with a dressing

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