saltcellar


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saltcellar

salt·cel·lar

 (sôlt′sĕl′ər)
n.
A small dish for holding and dispensing salt.

[Alteration of Middle English salt-saler : salt, salt; see salt + saler, saltcellar (from Old French saliere, from Medieval Latin salāria, from Latin, feminine of salārius, of salt, from sāl, salt; see sal- in Indo-European roots).]

saltcellar

(ˈsɔːltˌsɛlə)
n
1. (Cookery) a small container for salt used at the table
2. informal Brit either of the two hollows formed above the collarbones of very slim people
[changed (through influence of cellar) from C15 salt saler; saler from Old French saliere container for salt, from Latin salārius belonging to salt, from sal salt]

salt•cel•lar

(ˈsɔltˌsɛl ər)

n.
a shaker or dish for salt.
[1400–50; by assimilation to cellar of earlier saler saltcellar, < Anglo-French; Old French saliere < Latin salāria, derivative of salārius (adj.) pertaining to salt; see salary]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.saltcellar - a small container for holding salt at the dining table
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
Translations

saltcellar

[ˈsɔːltˌseləʳ] Nsalero m

saltcellar

nSalzfässchen nt; (= shaker)Salzstreuer m

saltcellar

[ˈsɔːltˌsɛləʳ] salt shaker (Am) nsaliera
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There is a saltcellar of state, so called, and there may be a caster of state.
Bella, as the acknowledged ornament of the family, employed both her hands in giving her hair an additional wave while sitting in the easiest chair, and occasionally threw in a direction touching the supper: as, 'Very brown, ma;' or, to her sister, 'Put the saltcellar straight, miss, and don't be a dowdy little puss.
A teaboard, cups and saucers, plates, knives and forks (including carvers), spoons (various), saltcellars, a meek little muffin confined with the utmost precaution under a strong iron cover, Moses in the bullrushes typified by a soft bit of butter in a quantity of parsley, a pale loaf with a powdered head, two proof impressions of the bars of the kitchen fire-place on triangular bits of bread, and ultimately a fat family urn: which the waiter staggered in with, expressing in his countenance burden and suffering.
Recently the Museum reopened after major reorganization--undertaken after the theft of a gold and enamel saltcellar masterpiece by Benvenuto Cellini about ten years ago.
Sherrie turns out to be particularly picky, trying everything in her power to avoid eating the food - including 'accidentally' tipping an entire saltcellar in the soup.
There is a saltcellar of state, so called, and there may be a castor of state.
miniature wave from the saltcellar reveals to us more than domestic
In fact, the Leda (not to mention Michelangelo's allegorical figure of Night in the Medici Chapel) proved to be a paradigm for a number of artistic works at Fontainebleau--from Benvenuto Cellini's Saltcellar to Rosso's Nymph of Fontainebleau (fig.
A good old-fashioned saltcellar does the job a million times better.
The authors shed new light on major pieces like Perseus and the Saltcellar, but also on Cellini's less well known coins and medals.
Household furniture, a tankard, saltcellar, frying pan, a feather bed, and bedstead with curtains are personal witnesses to the contents of a rather small household.