Definition of saltcellar in English:

saltcellar

noun

  • A dish or container for storing salt, now typically a closed container with perforations in the lid for sprinkling.

    • ‘Souvenirs, of course, are also the product of more secular travel as were the famous ‘Afro-Portuguese’ ivory salt cellars and the carved ivory tusks from the Loango coast.’
    • ‘You tip the salt cellar at the edge of your plate, and deposit just the right amount of salt there.’
    • ‘In Britain, potteries in and around London and Liverpool and as faraway as Ireland supplied the growing demand and turned out numerous forms, ranging from plates to posset pots, salt cellars, and vases.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from salt + obsolete saler, from Old French salier salt-box from Latin salarium (see salary). The change in spelling of the second word was due to association with cellar.

Pronunciation

saltcellar

/ˈsôltˌselər/