Definition of salver in English:



  • A tray, typically one made of silver and used in formal circumstances.

    • ‘No big ‘art opening’ is complete without a bottle of wine ‘breathing’ gently in the corner and petit slices of elegant cheese perched atop silver salvers.’
    • ‘Annette-Gabriele Purshouse, 18, was presented with the silver salver for the WI Diamond Jubilee Award last Wednesday at the group's annual meeting at the Wiltshire Music Centre.’
    • ‘Included in the collection is a large engraved William IV silver oval tray and a pair of William IV sterling silver salvers, both dated 1831 and hallmarked 1833.’
    • ‘She proudly displays a silver salver from the Council's gardening competition last year.’
    • ‘We were waited on hand and foot, served from silver salvers with tasty canapés and our glasses were never empty,’ said Mr Clarkson.’
    platter, plate, dish, tray
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Mid 17th century: from French salve ‘tray for presenting food to the king’, from Spanish salva ‘sampling of food’, from salvar ‘make safe’.