Definition of sit below the salt in English:

sit below the salt


  • Be of lower social standing or worth.

    ‘paperback publishers used to be considered people who sat below the salt’
    • ‘The "salt" was passed from here up the table, and if you sat below the salt you were not only "not worth your salt" but you didn't get any.’
    • ‘At dinner, important people were seated ‘above the salt’, servants and low ranking individuals sat ‘below the salt’.’