a container, as a dish or saltshaker, for dispensing salt at the table
Origin of saltcellaraltered (infl. by cellar) ; from Middle English salt saler ; from salt, salt + Middle French salière, saltcellar ; from Classical Latin sal, salt
A small dish for holding and dispensing salt.
Origin of saltcellarAlteration of Middle English salt-saler : salt, salt; see salt + saler, saltcellar (from Old French saliere, from Medieval Latin sal&amacron;ria, from Latin, feminine of sal&amacron;rius, of salt, from s&amacron;l, salt; see sal- in Indo-European roots).
- Alternative form of salt cellar.