city in WC Calif., near Monterey: pop. 151,000
Origin of Salinasafter the nearby Salinas River ; from Classical Latin salina (see salina): for the salt marshes at its mouth
A city of northern California east-northeast of Monterey on the Salinas River, about 240 km (150 mi) long, near its outlet on Monterey Bay. Settled in 1856, it is the birthplace of John Steinbeck, who based many of his stories on the migratory farm workers of the Salinas Valley.